Gov. Perdue: Georgia will reapply for Race to the Top and win next time

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue says Georgia will reapply for a federal Race to the Top Grant in the next round in June.

In a statement, Perdue said:

We were hoping to be among the Final Four in the Race to the Top competition, but unfortunately this time only two winners were chosen. I spoke with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan this morning and he complimented Georgia on our strong application and commitment to education reform. I promised him Georgia will reapply in June and we will be tough to beat in the second round of awards that will be announced this fall. The Department will provide us valuable feedback on our application, and I am confident that we are a top seed heading into round two. I want to especially thank the 23 systems that have joined with Georgia for this competition, and we look forward to celebrating with them later this year.

State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox issued her own statement:

It is unfortunate that Georgia was not named a winner for Race to the Top funds, but I know we are well-positioned to be in contention for the next round of funding. We will take the U.S. Department of Education’s suggestions and work on perfecting those parts of the application for Phase Two. For seven years, Georgia has been focused on the very issues called for in the Race to the Top application. With a third place finish, it is clear that we had a very strong application and I look forward to working with our partners on making our next attempt even better for the students of Georgia.

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catlady

March 29th, 2010
1:38 pm

“No comments” is right! Perhaps the committe awarding the money should look at Georgia’s track record of spending money (no bid deals for Nathan Deal, horse barns, fish parks, special tax laws for governors, etc) before they give us any extra money. The good folks of Georgia would vote for the Devil himself if he had an R in front of his name.

@Maureen

March 29th, 2010
2:30 pm

I wanted to let you know that 10 teachers from Gwinnett from one school (Snellville Middle) have been told their contracts will not renew. They have had good performances for their career, but they are at 3 years or less. This is the way the county will deal with too many teachers. It is a shame for those teachers, as a non-renewal is not the same as lay-off for budget reasons. These teachers have been unfairly marked because Gwinnett won’t come clean and tell the truth about their financial situation.

things are tough all over

March 29th, 2010
2:40 pm

money is tight everywhere; I understand that GA leaders want the money and hope Obama is not re-elected so they dont have to follow through on the rules for RTTT. We the public of GA is just hoping that K. Cox will not be re-elected or some crony (sp) of Perdue.

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Jennifer

March 29th, 2010
3:00 pm

Maybe our chances will improve in round two if we:
fund education; require more transparency at the 23 LEA’s which applied for the grant; pass alternative education rules/legislation which demand LEA accountability for discipline stats and academic achievement for students pushed into those facilities; and Gwinnett Public Schools quietly drops their vanity lawsuit.

DisIllusioned

March 29th, 2010
3:09 pm

“I wanted to let you know that 10 teachers from Gwinnett from one school (Snellville Middle) have been told their contracts will not renew. They have had good performances for their career, but they are at 3 years or less. This is the way the county will deal with too many teachers. It is a shame for those teachers, as a non-renewal is not the same as lay-off for budget reasons. These teachers have been unfairly marked because Gwinnett won’t come clean and tell the truth about their financial situation.”

Do we have any information as to the areas where the layoffs are happenings? Subjects, grades, etc?

D.

re: @ Maureen

March 29th, 2010
3:19 pm

Of those 10 teachers at Snellville who are being non-renewed, how many of them are older and/or high up on the salary scale?

just wondering

March 29th, 2010
3:34 pm

So a number of teachers here have stated before that there is no “tenure” in GA, but the fact that all 10 that are not renewed are 3 years of less seems to indicate that there is indeed a defacto tenure system in place. The system can save a lot more money by letting someone with 25 years go.

I also wonder how many of those 23 LEAs will be the part of the next round of application. I wonder how many new ones will join – if they make changes in their proposals based on the comments from reviewers.

bell curve

March 29th, 2010
3:50 pm

It is pretty clear that if we do get money from the round 2, Sonny will just cut an equal amount from state funding for education. The goal is to eliminate public education, this is how the voucher crowd will win. If people keep electing the “no new revenue” just keep cutting junta that is what we will get.

Guardian Angel

March 29th, 2010
4:23 pm

Maybe Georgia’s chances would have been great if our Good Old Boy Purdue had not wanted to sue over the Health Reform Bill.

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! MAYBE in another life Purdue.

Teaching in FL is worse

March 29th, 2010
4:29 pm

I wonder if the US Dept of Ed asked to see the teacher questionairres Sonny was fibbing about….

JACKTEACH

March 29th, 2010
5:01 pm

So where does the USDOE say the fine state of Georgia is lacking?

Perdue needs to shut up and get out. If a dem wins governor and is compliant to Savior Obama and minion Duncan, then we may see a little cheese. Tenn and Dela both have dem governors who love Obamacare.

Cathy Kox needs to leave with Perdue and go take care of her husband with a consumer skills course. Budget.

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March 29th, 2010
5:58 pm

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March 29th, 2010
6:03 pm

not to mention this fine candidate as well:

http://willisforstatesuper.webs.com/

@ just wondering

March 29th, 2010
7:14 pm

@ just wondering,
Ga has a very watered down sort of tenure. ..
If you teach 3 years in the same system and are awarded a contract for year 4, you are considered tenured by GA Law.
*If you are tenured in a system and then transfer directly to another system without a break in time, you are tenured by Ga law.
*Non-tenured teachers can be let go (as is happening at Snellville MS in Gwinnett) without cause.
*Tenured teachers who are non-renewed are entitled to a “fair dismissal hearing.”
Unfortunately, there is nothing “fair” about a dismissal hearing. When systems want to get rid of a very good teacher for whatever reason, the administration simply builds a false record of bogus evaluations and intimidation. Basically, the administration bullies the teacher until he/she resigns. some teachers hold out for the public hearing, but usually the puppet BOE votes for whatever the Superintendent says. That’s why we need so many AP’s – to help create the phony records! This is what is happening in Gwinnett, Fulton, and Cobb this year and last.
This is why Georgia has a teacher shortage!

@ just wondering

March 29th, 2010
7:16 pm

What I meant was…
*If you are tenured in a system and then transfer directly to another system without a break in time, you are tenured by Ga law “after you receive your second contract.”

Sad State

March 29th, 2010
8:09 pm

Both the states that won RTTT had 100% participation from their LEAs. Georgia could only get 23/180 to participate. Clearly, our school districts don’t buy what the Purdue and Cox are selling. Neither should you!

GA Teach

March 29th, 2010
8:16 pm

Georgia does not have a tenured system in place. You are not protected. You sign a one year contract for a reason…..If you think teachers are protected you are mistaken……Admins that retain staff that are ineffective teachers are doing so at their own risk……Just like any job you have to be given so fair warning about being fired.

Maureen Downey

March 29th, 2010
8:20 pm

Sad State, We do have to note that both states had fewer folks to get on board. Delaware has only 127,000 students in the entire state, while Tennessee has 930,525. Georgia has 1.7 million public school students.
I still wonder if size influenced the discussion over which states could pull this off.
Maureen

Mitch

March 29th, 2010
8:58 pm

Also, we didnt ask all 180 districts to participate because it would have spread the money so thin that it wouldnt have made any difference. I have no idea how many school districts are in Delaware and Tennessee, but i’ll take a wild guess and say nowhere near 180.

Common Cents

March 29th, 2010
9:43 pm

I am absolutely happy about this news!

RBN

March 29th, 2010
9:51 pm

Perhaps Georgia will take TN’s example and actually sit down with teachers and negotiate the terms under which Pay for Performance would be implemented.
Oops, I’m dreaming, too close to spring break.

ScienceTeacher671

March 30th, 2010
5:50 am

About 20 years ago, the elementary school closest to me was closed. Supposedly the GaDOE decided that schools should have a certain minimum size, if possible, so the school was consolidated with another one 10-15 miles away…which gave some small children a pretty long bus ride each day, but that’s another story…

It seems to me that the simplest, yet most radical change Georgia could make right now is declaring a minimum size for school districts. We simply have too many, which means we have too many school boards, too many superintendents, too many central offices, and as a result, too much tax money spent on administration instead of on instruction.

(We also have too many county commissions, too many sheriff’s departments, too many tax commissioners, etc., but that’s possibly a different story.)

Those of you in the metro area might think that the state should also declare a maximum district size, and I wouldn’t necessarily disagree.

Tip of the Iceberg

March 30th, 2010
7:00 am

Maureen,
What do the scoring sheets from the Race to the Top raters say about Georgia’s application?
How many points did Georgia get in each category?
The feds promised to post the feedback for all applicants. Where is it?
That’s a lot of money left to collect dust in Washington when school districts are broke.

Attentive Parent

March 30th, 2010
7:26 am

The Fordham people are making fun of the DOE for scoring Georgia in third place. They refer to us as “weak Georgia”.

It then goes on to talk about the high rate of “union” buy-in in Georgia. Any idea what they are talking about?

Here’s the link : http://www.edexcellence.net/flypaper/index.php/2010/03/the-implications-of-stakeholder-support/

cluelss?

March 30th, 2010
8:38 am

Maybe it just shows that the Fordham Foundation is just clueless about education.

Attentive Parent

March 30th, 2010
9:36 am

Here is the pdf of the reviewer’s scores and comments on Ga’s app.

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop/phase1-applications/comments/georgia.pdf

Apparently the caps will be binding in Round 2 so no more asking for funds in excess of the range. Georgia will thus have to rework its plan to bring it down to $400 million max.

Florida will have to revise its plan downward from its initial $1.1 billion request to a maximum of $700 million.

teacher/parent

March 30th, 2010
12:24 pm

Category=Making education funding a priority-We received all of the points possible-Really?

Fericita

March 30th, 2010
4:07 pm

Can’t say I’m sad about our state not getting the “Race to the Top” grant. While I agree that performance-based evaluations are important, I don’t relish the idea that my performance will be based on my students’ scores from one test. Especially since I work with ESOL students, who, by definition, have not passed into English proficiency yet. RTTT would replace teacher pay based on educational attainment, and I want to get paid for having a Master’s degree!

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