The Louisiana School Boards Association voted to oppose state participation in a bid for up to $300 million in federal dollars....LSBA said that it is concerned local school districts would have problems financing improvements when federal dollars run out in four years.That's a valid Race to the top issue if--but only if--the state plan adds recurring expenses.
The smarter way to use RTTT funds is for one-time investments with long-term benefits. For example, to:
- Equipping all current teachers to implement balanced assessment, the core practice we've needed but not fully supported for two decades..
- Equipping all our teacher preparation programs to nurture the same skills in future educators.
- Designing, piloting, and implementing a permanent data system to track student growth from early childhood to college.
- Retooling our evaluation systems to identify multiple levels of effectiveness, making sure the system has reliable results and broad support, with the intent of having it be a routine part of school and district work by 2014.
RTTT stimulus dollars ought to do support equivalent infrastructure, allowing us to do better work with our regular education resources for a generation after the grant runs out.