With our $400 million Race to the Top grant, Nathan Deal comes full circle. Now, the grant is “a victory for Georgia.”

Nathan Deal has come full circle. He wouldn't accept Race to the Top if we won. Now, the grant is going to be critical to our education success here in Georgia.

Nathan Deal has come full circle. He wouldn't accept Race to the Top if we won. Now, the grant is going to be critical to our education success here in Georgia.

Before we won Race to the Top this morning, I would have described Nathan Deal’s attitude toward the federal grant program as skeptical. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago — Aug. 3 — that Deal announced he would turn down the fat wad of federal cash.

But now that we have won, Deal is darn near delirious with joy. Here is his official statement on the award, which was announced earlier today:

After today’s announcement that Georgia has won a Race to the Top grant, Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal reiterated that he would continue Gov. Sonny Perdue’s implementation of the program as governor in close consultation with our state’s educators – and conduct periodic reviews to assure that the program is meeting its goals on behalf of Georgia’s children.

“As governor, I will convene teachers, parents, elected officials and education leaders from the 26 school districts involved to assure that Race to the Top funds are implemented effectively, so that we capitalize on our successes and implement them elsewhere in Georgia,” Deal said. “Today’s award is a victory for Georgia; I applaud the leadership of Gov. Sonny Perdue and all of the leaders who worked so diligently on this project.

“This $400 million will come to our state over a four-year period. The next governor will oversee the program for the majority of its duration. Race to the Top will allow Georgians to craft an educational plan that best fits our state. It let’s our educators innovate and create incentives for excellence – incentives for schools, teachers and students to restore the magic to education. Our state has a fundamental duty to prepare our children to be college, work and life ready in a global economy. We achieve that goal only by constantly striving to surpass the status quo. That’s exactly what Race to the Top seeks to achieve. I will work with all stakeholders in education to conduct reviews of this program so that it achieves its original goals and remains an autonomous function of the state of Georgia without federal strings attached.

“The public servants who brought this award to Georgia deserve to take a bow – and then get back to work on a brighter future for Georgia’s children.”

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Not a win

August 24th, 2010
5:11 pm

Bah, humbug! I am so disappointed that Washington now gets to tell GA what to do all the way down to our children.

Proud Black Man

August 24th, 2010
5:19 pm

Nothing new. The hypocrisy of the rethuglican party is well known.

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Don't you just know

August 24th, 2010
5:24 pm

“But now that we have won, Deal is darn near delirious with joy. Here is his official statement on the award, which was announced earlier today:”

Don’t you know as her fingers were typing darn Mareen’s brain was saying d@mn!

But she’s totally right about Deal. He did himself no favors playing the Zig Zag Zell card on this one.

Maureen Downey

August 24th, 2010
5:25 pm

@Don’t you just know, Actually, I type with my toes, just in case I am tied up and need to send a text message. Maureen

Doris M

August 24th, 2010
5:33 pm

Well, what can I say. Deal is a republican and they have no ethics. Everybody vote for Barnes!!

catlady

August 24th, 2010
5:34 pm

Flip flop Deal. Not real Deal. Which way is the wind blowing Deal. How about tomorrow, which way will the wind blow then? Which friend of Deal’s has his ear today? Who stands to get money?

Full circle. Round and round and round we go Deal. FAIL!

Proud Black Man

August 24th, 2010
5:34 pm

@ Doris M

RIGHT ON!

Attentive Parent

August 24th, 2010
6:15 pm

Who decides what is a “success” that will then be imposed on nonparticipating districts?

Given the 4 year payout, will certain districts be getting RTT funds even though the obligations under RTT have since been imposed statewide?

How much will the gubernatorial candidates support local districts ability to implement as they think best?

Years ago the Cartersville school district saw a dramatic increase in its math ITBS scores after switching to Saxon math. It had first polled school districts around the country that had seen dramatic increases to determine what curricular changes they had made. When the common feature was Saxon, they made the change.

How much of this type of freedom to implement effective programs at the district level will survive RTT and the new Common Core standards?

Can we get beyond the rhetoric and really start examining how much autonomy the school districts should have while Georgia voters are deciding whom to support?

Now that RTT in Georgia is a given, let’s use the differences in implementation at the school district level as the lab that can really tell us what works best for a given demographic group

Bruce Kendall

August 24th, 2010
6:29 pm

Race to the top is not a Win – Win situation. Here is what a senior educator in Georgia recently said to me. “Race to the top will become just like all the other Washington programs since the 60’s. Here today and gone tomorrow, and while some things may change, it will mostly be the same”.

Don't you just know

August 24th, 2010
6:35 pm

“@Don’t you just know, Actually, I type with my toes, just in case I am tied up and need to send a text message. Maureen”

In other words, you’re practicing your survival skills in case you ever decide to become a teacher?

Don't you just know

August 24th, 2010
6:36 pm

And I guess Deal is practicing his waffling, in case he decides to become a short order cook at a greasy spoon.

Charlie Rangel

August 24th, 2010
6:38 pm

I agree with Doris. Republicans have no ethics.

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Richard Nixon

August 24th, 2010
7:02 pm

I agree with Charlie. Democrats have no ethics.

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Jennifer

August 24th, 2010
7:14 pm

All of a sudden, everyone is a fan of education. Amazing what a little cash can do.

ScienceTeacher671

August 24th, 2010
7:21 pm

Whatever. Nathan is still a Bad Deal for Georgia.

Maureen, what in the world were you thinking? I guess you were excited, but SIX threads on ONE subject since lunchtime???

Mike

August 24th, 2010
7:35 pm

@catlady

His name is Will “Superduper” Schofield, Hall County Superintendent, RTTT committee member and neighbor of the Deals.

HStchr

August 24th, 2010
7:35 pm

Well, what do you know? Yet another Repooplican who yells at the top of his lungs, “We don’t want your stinkin’ filthy socialist money!”…while holding out his hand to take it. Way to play to the TP base there, Nathan. It only confirms why, as much as it turns my stomach, I may have to vote for, gulp- my stomach lurches- ROY just to keep Nate out of the office. DEAL…good name. His first and middle names should be Under Handed!

Maureen Downey

August 24th, 2010
7:58 pm

@ScienceTeacher, Good stuff kept coming. But I think we’ve done all we can on RTTT for this week.
Maureen

catlady

August 24th, 2010
8:08 pm

Mike: I know, I know.

Ms. Downey: Helps us ADHD types to post many threads. LOL to your toe-typing. What have you heard about how Georgia will be monitored on its use of the money? I’d like a PO to be on line every time any money of RTTT is spent!

And are we using RTTT money to try to fix the cluster(disaster) that has been a long-running soap opera–A working tracking system for student progress? How many years and how many millions have been wasted, and we supposedly STILL cannot track students around the state (even with their GTID number. That puzzles me.)

I truly think we will never see anything helpful to the children come out of this.

HStchr: Once again, you are right!

Hmmm....

August 24th, 2010
8:30 pm

Not sure how to feel about this. After starting the school year where we lose 30 percent of our planning time for “collaborative” planning, having more students in your classroom than the classroom was intended to hold, not to mention getting to spend one week out of two months being a cafeteria monitor and eating your lunch during your planning (less 30 percent) or recess, I am wondering what kind of hits we as teachers will be expected to absorb with this “gift”.

BTW…..Can anyone tell me just what is so great about Dems and what they have done for education, other than Zell Miller? All politicians are out for themselves, so quit with the Dumocrat and Rethuglican garbage.

love2teach

August 24th, 2010
8:53 pm

PLEASE! Just say NO!

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HStchr

August 24th, 2010
9:58 pm

catlady- I just heard Bob McDonnell of VA even admit that federal stimulus money helped– he didn’t do it with a smile, mind you, but he did it. Yet another mighty decrier of federal money who took a few billion and used it anyway. I’d have a whole lot more respect for the lot of ‘em if they’d just admit that it helped, express some thanks for the help, and get on with it. The double-speak is killing me!

In the end, will any district actually get more than a few hundred thousand? What will that ultimately pay for that directly and positively affects children? By the time districts hire a few folks to actually run the inevitable programs they will create, it will just be spent on administrative “costs”, increase paperwork for those below, and put ever more pressure on teachers. Just what we need…

teacher teacher

August 24th, 2010
9:58 pm

you can put lipstick on a pig, but at the end of the day, it’s still a pig . . . .

Miracle Worker

August 24th, 2010
10:21 pm

The only way that we will survive is to RAISE TAXES!!! Will Republicans ever do this? Absolutely not. In fact, didn’t Perdue just cut taxes after seeing thousands of teachers lose their jobs?

South Ga Teacher180

August 24th, 2010
10:37 pm

some of you people in Atlanta are smoking the urban educational crack…heck, the students I teach could get us out of this deficit we are in just by selling it to some of you all who want to vote for both Deal or Barnes. If it is this easy to get money to the feds, I like the my student’s chance of selling crack to some of these brainwashed Barnes and Deal supporters.

NWGA teacher

August 24th, 2010
10:54 pm

Oh look, there goes Nathan Deal — the wind blew.

Georgia will never make it off the bottom rung. Never.

another comment

August 25th, 2010
12:26 am

my favorite Math teacher just told me all the Math teachers appreciate the parents blogging and e-mailing to help their concerted effort to get rid of Math 1,2,3 as soon as possible. The Math teacher said the Math teachers clearly see that the 80% of the kids in the middle are the ones who are harmed by this Math 1,2,3. The Math teacher said they are all trying to make a concerted effort to convince who ever ends up in charge that Georgia must join with the other 49 states including the other ones who have tried and dropped this nonsence to move on from it.

The high school Math teachers have also found that the A students in middle school got A’s at some middle schools just for turning in homework. The Math teacher even got some kids to admit that they reused homework on a daily basis, they erased the date and changed it, erased the teacher check mark or grade and resubmitted it day after day. The middle school teacher never checked the work. This teacher was telling parents that he randomly grades 5-10 problems of the homework assignment each day. Time does not allow him to grade and work through all 20-30 problems he assigns daily. He/she was saying no teacher can grade and check the math processes of 35 x 3 classes of students daily plus he/she stays for min. of 2 hours of tutorial everyday. So he randomly selects 5-10 problems per day for the daily grade, this throws alot of kids off, because they have basically cheated through middle school because no one really checked the work, just if there name and what looked like work was done. He/she has had kids admit in front of there parents that they used the same homework for 4 days just changed the date and erased the check mark. He/she said these kids were working on the 6th grade level but had been given A’s in middle school.

I beleive this because I just did a transfer on my 5th grader and she was crying that she didn’t learn math, especially division at her old school. I mentioned this to her new teacher, then the other day, she said I don’t know why you are so concerned your daughter had the top grades. I told her my daughter does not know how to do long division, I just had to show her.

So who will let us get rid of Math 1,2,3. But most important who will stop being a two faced politican and do what is best for our kids even if it means raising taxes.

Please vote Holli Cash out of CCSB

August 25th, 2010
12:42 am

Tonight was the absolute worst show of Cobb School Board member Holli Cash being a kiss butt, trying to hang on to her board seat. Holli Cash voted to cut 29 of the teacher jobs at Campbell High School, yet she is out there today parading around as being Ms. PTA membership committee. Then she gets up with the PTA Chairwoman Laura Burge to present to Dr. Grant Rivera, a Georgia PTA Principal of the year award, after 1 year. Get this, Campbell High School came off of the needs improvement list with the last principal but with Principal Grant Rivera’s leadership it sunk right back on the Needs Improvement list. How can Holli Cash and the PTA president nominate this 1 year Principal one of Fred Sanderson’s favorites to the PTA Principal of the year when the school goes back to NI on his watch???. Is this for a Holli Cash publicity stunt, to bring PR to her Board seat. She voted to fire 29 Teachers, he fired 10 of 18 math teachers, then all of a sudden after the go ahead to refill he must have hired 8 math teachers from South Cobb his old School because South Cobb Suddenly had a bunch of vacancies.

All I can say is we need new leadership in Cobb County if your Board Member nominates a Principal for putting your highschool back on Needs Improvement. Good One Holli

New Blood Needed

August 25th, 2010
5:02 am

Kira Willis is the only candidate for State Superintendent that has a plan for this money. Deal and Barge have both waffled on their responses to RTTT but they have said nothing with any substance. Check out Kira Willis’ plan below from the Arne Duncan Get Schooled blog.

Here is what Libertarian Kira Willis, who opposed RTTT, said:

Although I have been against receiving RT3 funds, we now must face the fact that they are here for four years. It is not a lot of money (one percent of our budget), but here’s what we can do with it: we can use it to fund innovation in education. I will vehemently and actively oppose any “created positions” that take more funds from our schools and from our kids. The last thing we need is to put another tier into the GADOE or into the local counties of Georgia.

Most of us who have been in education know that alternative tracks toward graduation is not a new concept, but it is a concept that we can sink our teeth into and give more students more opportunities for success. As State School Superintendent, my plan will be to afford local counties the freedom to give their students more avenues toward graduation. I will encourage them to find ways to ensure academic success for all of their students, not just the ones who plan on attending university. This could include an agricultural school, a computer technical track, a culinary arts track, or an arts diploma. True innovation in education means meeting the needs of each individual student. Innovation also means implementing real school choice for our children by opening more charter schools or simply allowing students to attend any school that they wish to attend.

As our RT3 application states, we will promote innovation. Local counties will have the ability to take the invitation to be creative and run with it. I will not create more administrative positions at the state and county levels.

When the money runs out, and it will, the schools that are successful with their improvements will have my recommendation to continue with their programs. This will help us to analyze how we can even further advance education for our children without keeping positions that will no longer be funded by the Race to the Top Grant.

The people will speak! New blood needed!

http://www.willisforstatesuper.com

New Blood Needed

August 25th, 2010
5:02 am

AJinCobb

August 25th, 2010
7:49 am

@another comment,

How is getting rid of the Math 1,2,3 curriculum going to help with the problems you describe?
(a) Students who get As in middle school without actually learning the math because they cheat on their homework.
(b) Students not learning long division when they should, in elementary school.

Dr NO

August 25th, 2010
8:02 am

THe sooner Beverly “cupcake” Hall is tossed under the bus the better off society will be.

bootney farnsworth

August 25th, 2010
8:05 am

not gonna happen as long as the AJC can prevent it

fulldawg

August 25th, 2010
8:07 am

Deal *had* my vote when he said he would not accept the cash. Not now, there is no choice………

Retired Educator

August 25th, 2010
9:30 am

True to the rethug mantra…WOW/WEE…MONEY!!! Deal, like Purdue, is not seeing education here. Instead, they are seeing dollars…dollars that they can snatch and steer wherever they want them to go.

We’ll see how much of the money actually goes to education. That’s why Deal did a switch-a-roo about Race-to-the-Top. There should be a watchdog committee to be sure that the money goes where it is intended to go. DEAL? no Deal.

aggie

August 25th, 2010
9:45 am

South Ga Teacher180

August 25th, 2010
10:00 am

@New Blood Needed

August 25th, 2010
5:02 am

I know…the more I hear Willis, the more I like her.

David Staples

August 25th, 2010
10:05 am

Politicians like Nathan Deal are why I’m voting for John Monds for Governor this November.

Deal...real...corrupt

August 25th, 2010
10:12 am

Yep, Deal folded like a cheap suit with RT3 funds, and he is all about selling our students to the federal government. Barnes is no better, as he is selling all of us down the river with everything, not just education.

David Staples

August 25th, 2010
10:13 am

Retired Educator

August 25th, 2010
10:44 am

Mike

August 25th, 2010
12:30 pm

Cobb…you could have Bulloch County’s Superintendent who just spent $500,000 on FastForward, a program the US Dept of Ed reports no effect based on research:
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/reports/beginning_reading/fastfw/effectiveness.asp

majii

August 25th, 2010
6:32 pm

I notice that some of the comments about RTT center around “the government telling us what to do,” and I’d like for these posters to ask themselves, “When was the last time that government at some level DIDN’T tell us what to do? Teachers in this state went from having quite a bit of autonomy in deciding what/how to teach in the 1970s to QCC, GPS, NCLB, Class Keys, Math 123, differentiated instruction, etc., all imposed by government at some level and intended to tell us what we could/could not teach/do inside our classrooms. Government intervention in public education is not a new phenomenon and is likely to continue. I think the most important thing is to make the best use of these funds for the benefit of our students, and to pray that our economy recovers to the point where we will can reduce our reliance on government at any level to supply the funding we need to educate our children. Reaching these goals will require that voters closely analyze candidates’ platforms for their positions on education, unemployment, taxes, the budget, our water problems, and a whole host of other issues instead of voting for candidates on the basis of sound bites or because we like their values. We have too many serious problems to vote for a candidate only on the basis of the latter two. I’m not saying that a candidate’s values aren’t important, but usually, values-related issues are seldom addressed once a candidate is sworn into office. Problems in the areas of education, unemployment, taxes, are always front-burner issues.

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