On the eve of the US DOE announcement of which 16 finalists win Race to the Top grants, a national education organization deems Georgia a long shot.
Playing off a racing form and using racing parlance, the Center for Education Reform gives Georgia 10 to 1 odds of winning one of the coveted federal grants. Keep in mind that the center promotes education choice and vouchers, so it sees education issues through that lens and likely sees Georgia falling short in those areas.
CER’s Racing Form handicaps the 15 states and the District of Columbia in the final round, giving its nod to four with strong charter school law and a commitment to alternative teacher certification.
“If the federal government wants to bet money on states that will likely use extra funding to spur innovation and implement reforms that help kids learn — only four of the 16 should be at the head of the pack,” said Jeanne Allen, Center for Education Reform president.
So who does the center see in the winner’s circle? Colorado, Washington, D.C., Florida and Louisiana.
According to the center’s tongue-in-cheek tip sheet on Georgia:
Owners and trainers paint a pretty picture, but Georgia Peach has a lot of rough edges; charters have limited options and inequities abound; good teacher evaluation plans from the top are mired by political opposition and low LEA buy-in could mean trouble; likely no winner’s circle appearance.
I am not a betting sort, but I would disagree that the state’s odds are 10 to 1.
We’ll see in a few hours.