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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 03/29/2010

D.C. comes in last in Race to the Top

By Washington Post editors

The District's application for federal grant money to help improve schools has fallen short -- way shot, D.C. Schools Insider reports.

The Department of Education announced Monday that the District's application in the first round of the Race to the Top grant competition came in last -- 16th out of 16 finalists.

The Obama administration has set aside $4 billion for states who can demonstrate they are committed to education innovation and reform. Details on what exactly cost D.C. points won't be available until later this afternoon.

Delaware and Tennessee won top honors as education innovators.


By Washington Post editors  | March 29, 2010; 11:20 AM ET
Categories:  DC  
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YEahh.... Yeah... I guess they saw through our "data driven" instruction and IMPACT BS..I wonder what the private donor will do now??? When will the comments on the presentations and weaknesses/strength be available for review?

Can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people ALL of the time.

Posted by: NewDCPSTeacher | March 29, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Anyone suprised...?

Posted by: isupreme | March 29, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

so DC didn't really come in last in Race to the Top, just last among the finalists? Way to stick to the hometown, WAPO.

Posted by: thingsthatshine | March 29, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect from a city run by democRATS?

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 29, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

No problem. Anita Dunn can spin this last place finish as a win for Rhee somehow. That why she gets paid the big bucks.

Posted by: ChesterWest | March 29, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Dear WaPo:

16th out of 51 is NOT LAST! This headline only serves as a launch pad for the racists and Rhee-haters (two separate groups) to tee off on the city again.

great...

Posted by: hoos3014 | March 29, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

My family used to live in Tennessee. The education system outside of Nashville was innovative. I have never since met more savvy teachers. When we moved to Fairfax County my children were a year ahead in math. It didn't stay that way, of course, because, like a knife smoothes frosting on a cake, Virginia's SOLs soon spread students' peaks and valleys into one nice layer of mediocrity.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | March 29, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

At the rate of 2 states qualifying per year, it will only take another 24 years for each state to get a little money. And will it be possible that some states will never get any money?

Posted by: skyjumperdave | March 29, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

My money (what's left of it) and my children go to private school. This is neither surprising nor distressing.

Posted by: lingering_lead | March 29, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I guess coming 16 in the final round of the NCAA is worse than coming 50th in the previous round.

Posted by: asja | March 29, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, guys...

"Virginia, one of 41 first-round applicants, had failed to make the final 16. Maryland skipped the first round and is planning to compete in the second round."

DC finished above VA (didn't make the first round cut) and MD (chose not to bother). It's among the top 16. That's more than the rest of the metro area can say.

Posted by: poster1231 | March 29, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

This may be a well-intentioned "education" plan, but will probably be another fiasco as previous attempts during both Bush presidencies. Obama, Duncan and some others associate "reform" with scapegoating educators.

Anyway Washington DC coming in 16th of 51 is nothing to disparage. In any event, until parents and students are held to greater accountability, significant improvement in most underperforming public schools is unlikely.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | March 29, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

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