What do the feds think states should do? Every penny of the education share of the stabilization money must be handed out, by formula, to school districts and public higher education. Not a nickel of it can be used as an incentive that districts receive if they make changes and not if they don't. Not a dime can be kept by state agencies for reform activities. (Earlier post with details here.)
The feds do have some leverage themselves. When governors apply for the money, they have to commit to:
- Equity in teacher distribution
- Improved collection and use of data
- Higher quality academic assessments
- Sound assessments and accommodations for students with disabilities and limited English proficient students.
- Improved academic standards
- Support for struggling schools