Apparently the bots of the Borg have noticed, too, for recently they sent out their chief ed hack unit to attack a TC article by Valente and Collins on the idiocy and unfairness of RTTT. Well, Valente and Collins have come out of their mobile home tower to defend themselves. Here is a clip, but do read the whole thing here:
. . . .Who is getting Race money? It is those who are already achieving on standardized tests and who were already winning the Race.
Take a look at the numbers on who receives the benefit of the Race to the Top funds, this from a joint report by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law, National Action Network, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., National Council for Educating Black Children, National Urban League, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Schott Foundation for Public Education:9
1) 37 percent of the finalist states receive free and reduced lunch2) 14 percent of the finalist states are Hispanic3) 2.5 percent of the students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch nationwide receive monies from Race to the Top4) 3 percent of Black students nationwide receive monies from Race to the Top5) less than 1 percent of Latino, Native American, and Hmong students receive monies from Race to the Top
In short, the Race to the Top disproportionally benefits affluent or well-to-do, white, and “abled” students.
Is this a race to the top or a race rigged for the top? . . .
Ooh, good one.
We could use your voice above and below.