I think we can gain between 10 and 15 points if we don't pass a charter law. Two-thirds of that will come from clearer, firmer intentions on teacher and leader evaluations that still claim support from those teachers and leaders. One-third can come from tidying up confusions in other sections.
Of course, the states ahead of us could also add points in their next applications.
Two have tried for a big surge forward, and both seem to have failed:
- Georgia (14.8 points ahead of us) has debated an evaluation bill, and it sounds like the bill just died.
- Florida (12.6 points ahead) got evaluation changes through the legislature, only to see them vetoed by the Governor.
- Rhode Island (0.2 points ahead) had just 5 percent of districts supporting its first application, so it is working to raise that percentage.
- Illinois (5.0 ahead)
- South Carolina (4.4 ahead)
- Pennsylvania (1.2 ahead and right in the middle of replacing their chief state school officer)
We may also be able to pass South Carolina, Illinois, or both, putting us third or fourth.
In this competition, states coming in between eighth and tenth may be in the money: Secretary Duncan will hand out funds starting with the state in first and keep going until the dollars run out.
WITH CHARTERSCharter schools are worth 32 points. If we pass legislation, and claim even half of those, I think we can pass the front runners, and I think we have an actual shot at first.
Next up: can states that have scored behind us catch up?