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Racing to conclusions on federal funds

from Niagara Gazette

With New York state's receipt of nearly $700 million in federal education grants, so comes hopeful promises of widespread reform and proactive initiatives, which could potentially change the face of education. Right now, though, educators and policy experts agree there is still work to be done. New York's victory in the U.S Department of Education's Race to the Top competition means the state will have to make good on the ambitious pledges made and new initiatives it set forth in its application. Most notably the state agreed to raise the cap on charter schools, set new guidelines and increase the scrutiny on teacher evaluations, creating a statewide data-tracking system. New York will attempt to nationalize standards for curriculum and testing, among others. more

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