[10.9.12 -- This is an excellent article by Phyllis Schlafly, but I need to add that the Obama administration is not just working through the state education agencies. Not to be deterred by those few state agencies that have turned their backs on Common Core Standards/Race to the Top (RTTT), the Obama Administration and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan came up with a clever “work around” so that the RTTT funds (requiring schools to follow the Common Core Standards Initiative) could be sent directly to the local school districts in spite of being blocked by the state agencies.
This federal funding from Obama’s U. S. Department of Education (USDOE) is being sent for the first time directly from the federal department to the local school districts without passing through the state education agencies.
Local Texas school administrators are ignoring the dangers of the federal strings and are salivating over the federal funding. In Texas, 64 educational entities indicated that they will apply for RTTT funds.
Nationwide, there are 893 school districts (and other eligible entities) that have indicated their intent to apply for the RTTT’s $400 Million “work around.” The deadline for these entities to file their formal applications is October 30, 2012.
* The following link includes the entire list of 893 entities in the U. S. that have indicated their intent to apply for the RTTT direct-to-schools federal grants (8.30.12): http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-district/detailed-list-of-applicants.pdf
To read more, please go to “Do Not Let the DOE Nationalize the Schools in Your State” by Henry W. Burke and Donna Garner – published on 9.23.12: