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A Lose, Lose Situation on Who’s Whose – Sorry FOX!

From the FoxNews.com Speaker’s Lobby page

July 22, 2010 | 6:00 AM ET

Has Obama’s “Race to the Top” Lost its Shine?

President Obama’s $4 billion education initiative to spur school reform has become a veritable piñata as the program heads into its second round. Not only has Congress raided the account to pay for teacher layoffs to be averted, prompting a White House veto threat of the war supplemental to which it’s attached, but there’s a quiet rebellion going on by some in the education community to ditch the program.

Find out how much this program costs by using Fox’s Taxpayer Calculator.

So why has the contest lost some of its shine? According to the ranking member on the House Education and Labor Committee, it’s a loss of confidence in the system.

“Competition is generally a good thing,” says Minnesota Republican Representative John Kline. “The question is fair, whose doing the judging? How’s the point system put together? Let’s face it, in anything like this where you have judges,  whether it’s an Olympic diving competition or something like this, you have some subjectivity. In your state you would like to know what the rules are and want as little subjectivity as possible.”

Minnesota recently joined eight other states in opting out the second round of the contest.

Race to the Top’s aim is to prepare students for a better future. States participate by competing for a federal grant, administered in phases, and fulfilling what the program calls the four assurances: instituting rigorous standards and assessments, recruiting and retaining effective teachers, turning around low-performance schools and establishing data systems to track student achievement and teacher performance.

Phase I winners were announced on March 29th, and the deadline for submitting Phase II applications was June 1st. The winners for this phase will be announced later in September.

The $4.35 billion dollar incentive program was designed by the United States Department of Education and is funded by the ED Recovery Act as part of the American Recovery Act of 2009. It was announced by President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on July 24, 2009.

The National Education Association, the largest labor union in the U.S. representing teachers and other support personnel, gave the program a vote of “no confidence” earlier this month. Many saw it as a symbolic slam on the Obama administration. The item would eventually pass, but only by a razor-thin margin.

One member at the NEA convention where the resolution was approved actually offered a resolution to call for the ouster of Secretary Duncan, in part because of the program. That resolution was never approved.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Teachers Union, called the program a mixed bag. “The real issue is that ‘Race to the Top’ in principle would be a good program if we didn’t have the kind of budget shortfalls that we have right now. It’s hard to be innovative and to do new and different things that require time and resources when we’re seeing state after state having devastating budget cuts.”

But that hasn’t stopped several states, 35 of them in fact, plus the district of Columbia, from lining up for a slice of the grant money.

Representative Jared Polis, D-Co., told Fox News, “For every dollar they spend they’re getting reforms all across the country. Reforms that encourage good teachers to stay in teaching. Reforms that intervene in changing schools, removing caps for the number of charter schools. These are all things that are happening nationally because of ‘Race to the Top.'”

Bottom line – has this contest overstayed its welcome, particularly in the face of rising deficits? Or should Congress reinstate funding and add even more money than President Obama is seeking?

Fox News’ Trish Turner contributed to this report.


The glaring offense from above:

“Competition is generally a good thing,” says Minnesota Republican Representative John Kline. “The question is fair, whose doing the judging?”

Why don’t they just ask the Japanese how to educate properly? Their system works. And, if you can’t tell the difference between whose and who’s in a news article about education what sense does any of this make?

Hat Tip to Hubby XXXO

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How About a “Cinco De Mayo” Celebration? Sorry in the USA It’s Just the 5th of May

Not on the Calendar

Now wouldn’t this be something……. hmm?

As I still wait to see any Native American holiday! Sorry Thanksgiving doesn’t cut it.

Cinco de Mayo is just another day in May with the number 5. By holding a Mexican National’s holiday on foreign soil and viewed as a foreign allegiance – there is the potential for small playful injuries, escalated arguments that create hostilities with physical altercations and the police might be called in and need to assist in some way. What better way to round up illegal aliens? hmm? What flag will they be carrying? It doesn’t matter what state this celebration is held. It’s an outing party. Illegal is illegal? What the heck is the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship for and why are they paid? What the heck is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for and why are their hands tied?

Who is ultimately responsible for this entire mess? Bogus POTUS

Why Do Liberal Democrats Apologize to Someone Other Than the Victims


Obama apologizes to Harry Reid? Harry Reid doesn’t own Las Vegas (but claims to have integrated?), Nevada or the United States. Obama should openly apologize to the country. Why not, you are always on TV anyway and you could use your handy dandy teleprompters!

Rahm apologizes to Tim Shriver? Tim Shriver is not in charge of all the facilities, residences, and private homes of the disabled and their loved ones across these United States. Rahm should openly apologize to the country. Why not, it would be good training to use proper verbiage on camera! You might want to thank Governor Palin for bringing your Faux Pas into the light!

These are both issues of National Pride and these huge gaffes are not going away quietly:
Obama Aide’s Fiasco Goes On, Despite Apologies
Fallout From Obama’s Vegas Remarks Continue

Looks like Mayor Goodman called it right! Obama is “A Real Slow Learner” Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and I might have just been on to something here: No Class, Lowest Class Rahm Emanuel.

Sorry goes only so far…. when it is a daily event!