Here are the points Kentucky's Race to the Top application received (green) and missed (peach) in the recent competition:
Charter schools and other innovative only offered 40 points, and we received all eight points offered for "other" approaches. Could Kentucky have expected more than 16 or 20 more points for charter legislation that had not yet produced any functioning charters? That looks very unlikely, which means that passing a charter bill last spring would not have changed the outcome.
We implement the standards, and we deliver for Kentucky's children. We do what's necessary, including finding the needed dollars for the needed change. Let's get to work.