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Posted at 9:20 AM ET, 06/ 1/2010

Pr. Geo. signs onto Race to the Top

By Washington Post editors

The Prince George's County teachers union has signed onto Maryland's Race to the Top application, according to the Maryland State Department of Education. This is considered significant because the Montgomery County union did not endorse the state bid. Both county unions are affiliates of the National Education Association.

In all, 22 of the state's 24 school systems have endorsed the bid, according to state education spokesman Bill Reinhard. The holdouts are Montgomery and Frederick counties. Tuesday is the deadline for states to apply for a share of $3.4 billion in federal school improvement aid.

More to come on

-- Nick Anderson

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 9:20 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  prince george's, race to the top  
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Truly disappointed with Montgomery and Frederick County teacher unions unwilling to be a 100% unified representation on behalf of the State of Maryland school system.

Again, if Maryland wins RttF, let's see if Montgomery and Frederick County teacher unions refuses the financial resources that will be made available to classrooms if Maryland is successful re RttT award.

Posted by: TwoSons | June 1, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

From PGCEA to its members:

Dear Educator,

Following an emergency Representative Council meeting, the members of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association Board of Directors (Board) met and voted unanimously to support the State of Maryland’s application for the Federal RTTT grant.
The Representative Council was given a two-hour presentation by Executive Director Lewis Robinson on the Federal grant program and Maryland’s plan. During the session, representatives were given an opportunity to ask their questions and provide comments to the Board.
The PGCEA Board of Directors has been studying the issue for months and watching very carefully developments in recent weeks. Several weeks ago (as part of their investigation of this program), the Board held a session with Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of Schools, to discuss his view and opinion of the grant and its impact on the district. PGCEA staff also recently met with the Superintendent and members of his team for several hours to read and review all 300 pages of the grant to determine the merits and relevance for the PGCEA and PGCPS.
As a result, the Board determined that sufficient interest existed to move forward. PGCEA has taken additional steps to protect our members against any negative repercussions from the process by developing a separate Memorandum of Understanding that will capture the bargaining and work relationships required to enter into this type of work in a collaborative manner.
The PGCEA leadership team will keep members informed of all significant developments as this process unfolds. Over the course of the next several weeks, documents and related information will be posted on our website soon to help members gain a deeper understanding of Race to the Top.

Unfortunately, there are no details on the myriad of reasons for signing up, particularly the "evaluation" component.

see their website for the lack of news and details:

Posted by: phillipmarlowe | June 1, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

maryland's proposal (and the feds evaluation system) are not formed around research based practices. for example, the evidence is against charter schools. also there are high quality, research based evaluation systems & montgomery county's system is based on one of those systems.

Posted by: jobrie18 | June 4, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

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