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Posted at 2:55 PM ET, 05/ 7/2010

Md. teachers blast Race to the Top plan

By Washington Post editors

Maryland's biggest teachers' union says it has "serious concerns" with the state's draft Race to the Top application, putting a roadblock in the state's quest to win $250 million in federal grants.

The Maryland State Education Association sent a letter to state school Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick on Thursday detailing its objections to the proposal, which would make student growth half of teacher evaluations, among other changes. The union questions whether that is within the bounds of the education reform law that Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) signed earlier this week.

And they also question how much they've been involved in the planning process. The Department of Education has made teachers' union support a factor in how it evaluates Race to the Top proposals.

The union "is seriously questioning whether the Department wants to collaborate on issues of reform and the Race to the Top application,” said Clara Floyd, the head of the union, in a statement.

-- Michael Birnbaum

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By Washington Post editors  | May 7, 2010; 2:55 PM ET
Tags:  Education, Education Department, Education reform, Martin O'Malley, Maryland, Race to the Top, Teacher, United States  
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