Add another layer (from Russo, again):
The as-yet unconfirmed word on the street is that several of the best-known school reform organizations are talking to states about including them in their RTTT applications. The big six are KIPP, TFA, New Leaders for New Schools, New Schools Venture Fund, Charter School Venture Fund, and the New Teacher Project.
Russo claims these groups are looking for 5% cut of state's RttT winnings; and that states would consider this trade-off because the agreement would make their application more desirable to Duncan/Obama's DOE (fair assumption - Duncan clearly loves the charter chaingangs and corporate education programs like TFA and NLNS).
Remember, too, that the President of the California State Board of Education, Ted Mitchell, also pulls in a cool half a million for his work as the CEO of NSVF. Good thing Mitchell can advocate for RttT funds - and, potentially a 5% cut for his other employer and affiliated groups - as a form of privatization sweeps the nation.