SC Will Not Participate in Race to the Top

Thank you Mick Zais for not lusting after Federal money for our schools.

State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais said today that South Carolina would not participate in a new round of the federal Race to the Top program that was announced by the U.S. Department of Education.

“The Race to the Top program expands the federal role in education by offering pieces of silver in exchange for strings attached to Washington,” Zais said. “More federal money for education will not solve our problems. Schools need less, not more, federal intrusion to increase student achievement. The previous two rounds of Race to the Top were not competitive grant programs; they were top-down directives forcing states to adopt programs favored by Washington. Respectfully, South Carolina will not apply for this money.

“I urge President Obama and Secretary Duncan to spend their time supporting efforts to reduce the role of the federal government in education by working with Congress to pass an Elementary and Secondary Education Act that decentralizes education policy. States and schools need flexibility, not more federal mandates, to meet the academic needs of students, empower parents with more choices, and reward excellent teachers for their success in the classroom.”

May 25, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Uncategorized

4 Responses

  1. WT Clark - May 27, 2011

    Thrills my soul!

  2. Dan Ball - May 27, 2011

    SC needs to continue to reject the addition of more federal strings and quickly sever the existing ones that are tying our teacher’s hands and preventing them from being able to educate the next generation.

  3. roy dowis - May 27, 2011

    I AGREE. WE HAVE ENOUGH PROBLEMS WITH WASTED LOTTERY MONEY. THE DROP OUT RATE IS UNBLEIEVEABL, ALL THEY NEED DO. IS CHECK OUT HOW MANY STARTS TO COLLEGE , TEC, ETC, ABOUT ONE IN FIVE DROP OUT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

  4. Karen Bracken - May 30, 2011

    Can anyone tell us how we can accomplish this in other states. IE FL and TN. I contacted Dr. Zais and will try to call to set up an appointment with him but thought your Tea Party members might know how he accomplished this. What data did he use to prove the program was not worth it?? Thanks.

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