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McDonnell on MSNBC: Race to the Top too burdensome

Anita Kumar

For the second time in a week, Gov. Bob McDonnell took to the national airwaves to explain why Virginia pulled out of President Obama's Race to the Top school reform derby.

McDonnell (R) told viewers on Morning Joe Tuesday morning that even though other conservatives support Race to the Top, he has found that it is a well-meaning program that creates "too many burdens and mandates on the states."

The governor said that he would not allow the state to abandon its benchmarks, known as the Standards of Learning. In March, Virginia finished 31st out of 41 competitors in the first round of the competition.

"The problem is one of the criteria is to adopt a common core set of standards -- academic set of standards -- to get the points you need to be competitive and we can't do that,'' he said. "We've had a great set of standards here in Virginia for 15 years and we think that common set of standards ought to be a floor not a ceiling...They would require us to reduce the quality of Virginia standards and we just can't do that."

McDonnell had been a huge supporter of the Race to the Top program, referring to it constantly during his campaign and personally lobbying Obama and Secretary Arne Duncan on the program in the first few months of his tenure.

"I was very supportive of the President in his initiative and Secretary Duncan during the campaign and even now,'' he said. "His idea of giving more young people access to the American dream through better schools is exactly right -- merit pay, charter schools, more accountability -- I support that 100 percent."

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By Anita Kumar  |  June 1, 2010; 7:52 AM ET
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Comments

Well, here we go, the first salvo in the shot to move our education system back 400 years, Texas style. Stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: mjcc1987 | June 1, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Keep in mind that Virginia has asked its citizens to mow the grass along highways and public areas while it squanders money on several frivolous lawsuits.

Posted by: bobbarnes | June 1, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Proof positive that all politics is local.

Posted by: vscribe | June 1, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

"We've had a great set of standards here in Virginia for 15 years and we think that common set of standards ought to be a floor not a ceiling...They would require us to reduce the quality of Virginia standards and we just can't do that."
In March, Virginia finished 31st out of 41 competitors in the first round of the competition.

He (mcDonnell) has found that it is a well-meaning program that creates "too many burdens and mandates on the states."

Yeah, like educating VA. Kids for the 21st century.

Don't you fret Bob, HB-1's from China and India will be here soon.

Posted by: knjincvc | June 1, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

You people in Virginia need to be worried, this guy sounds a lot like my state's crazy governor Mark Sanford.

I'm sure Sanford would have opposed Race to the Top if he hadn't scraped through escaping impeachment.

But, they are of the same below-average ilk.

Posted by: edismae | June 1, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Any excuse to thumb his nose at the Feds. Sure Bob, Virginia doesn't need the money. Don't lower your standards.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 1, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

edismae,

I just heard that South Carolina is getting $175 million for Race to the Top. Sanford may have opposed it, but I think the major news story last year about "The Corridor of Shame" for SC's public schools had a bigger impact than Sanford's politics. I think Southwest Virginia has its shame also when it comes to public schools. Too bad for Virginians. But then they voted Guvner Mac in.

Posted by: jordor | June 1, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

VA, I warned you before you put this poorly educated, cult member in office that the first thing to go would be your standard of education. But have no fear, the worst is yet to come. Expect deficit and debt for years to come, all reserves drained, infrastucture neglected, school in shambles, and continuous embarrassment by your elected officials. Yes, VA, you too can be South Carolina.

Posted by: xclntcat | June 1, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

VA, I warned you before you put this poorly educated, cult member to expect education to be the first thing to bite the dust. But never fear the worst is yet to come. Deficit and debts protected for years, all reserves drained, excelerated crime rate, infrastructure neglected, schools crumbling and national embarrassment on a regular basis. Yes, VA, you too can be South Carolina.

Posted by: xclntcat | June 1, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, outside of NoVa there is NO educational system in Virginia, just a bunch of hacks bothering teachers and ignoring students.

Posted by: therev1 | June 1, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

You know, I think Virginia is a beautiful state...have visited there several times and love the rolling hills and the wildlife. I'm a Californian....yeah, I know we have problems of our own, but this Governor Bob of Virginia is beginning to be the laughingstock of America. What are you Virginians doing to get this evangelical/rightwing nut out of the picture?? You need to do this and you need to do this fast. You have this beautiful State, but a Christian Fascist you are trusting to run it. How very sad.

Posted by: david865 | June 1, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I see the usual whiny liberals commenting..pay no attention to these losers. Many years ago I was on a panel that slaved over the SOL's for the City of Falls Church schools and we got them right for our city. (Do any of the posters here have any idea what these SOL's are about--not likely). Virginia has one of the best primary, secondary and post secondary educational systems in the country and it will always be that way. Compare us to say, California or New York--liberal havens who are totally failing on so many levels. Yes, it is true that McDonnell supported Obama's "Race to the Top" during his campaign, but upon further review he is right to dump this initative and move forward with our own programs. BTW, where is it is written that spending more on education offers better results? Take a look at the per capitia spending in Washington, DC or liberal New Jersey. Better results there? No way--just richer, lousy, unionist teachers who are bankrupting their states. Come on down to Virgina, y'all.

Posted by: dcmowbray1 | June 1, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell saw "Race to the Top" and thought, "Yeah, that's what my Confederacy Month was all about."

Posted by: NancyNaive | June 3, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

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