While our local districts are comprised of well intentioned, highly educated and reflective leaders who are doing their best to find resources to fill the budget shortfall, we are perplexed that some districts (60% state-wide) agreed to submit a â€œMemorandum Of Understandingâ€ with the Governorâ€™s Office to participate in Californiaâ€™s application for the federal Race to the Top (RTTT) competitive grant program.
The Orange County Register reports that Most O.C. districts say no to Race To The Top Reforms. As few as nine Orange County school districts have committed to implement sweeping reforms championed under President Obama’s federal Race to the Top grant program for schools, leaving up to 19 ineligible to receive the potentially millions of federal stimulus dollars that California is seeking.
The Anaheim City School District Board of Education declined to submit the state required Memorandum of Understanding to participate in Californiaâ€™s application for Race to the Top education funding. With the release of the state MOU on December 18, Districts were given less than a month over the holiday to examine it.