President Obama $5B for Schools

President Barack Hussein Obama is whipping out the US Mint credit card again. This time it is the promise of $5 billion in grants pressuring states to embrace his ideas for overhauling the nation school system. The program includes performance pay for teachers and development of charter schools. The program is called Race To The Top. We have seen when President Obama uses the magnetic stripe of our tax money the states will all fall in line. Seven states out of the box to the trough are Tennessee, Rhode Island, Indiana, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Colorado and Illinois. These have all lifted restrictions on charter schools so they can compete for the money. The states are a republic and because of that it is hard for Washington to demand things in education. The leverage is the ability to reward states that follow and withhold money from those states that do not participate. The $5 billion was included in the economic stimulus package, as there was a $100 billion included for schools. The Teachers union is a strong ally to democrats and President Barack Hussein Obama. The conditions of this program are going to be tough to swallow for a lot of Democratic base. This will be a pretty good fight when the rubber meets the road. Things like no award money to states that bar student performance data. The program also supports performance pay, which links teacher bonuses to student achievement using measures that include test scores. Applications for these grants will be available in October and due by December, the first checks should be roll out in March 2010.

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