(States apply for RTTT funds)

Isn’t it amazing that 40 states have applied for $4.35 billions in the Race to the Top funds…. The states need to demonstrate that their proposals are bold and innovative. Not a rehash of the status quo.

Yet, all states will share in the much larger number, $12.2 billions of additional, NEW moneys added to special education. They do not need to show any innovation or boldness any reform the system. That money goes to support the status quo.

Make sense? Not me me either.

About Miriam

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA—an expert in public education, focused on special education law— is a lawyer, author, speaker, consultant, and reformer. For more than 35 years, Miriam worked with educators, parents, policy makers, and citizens to translate complex legalese into plain English and focus on good practices for children. Now, she focuses her passion on reforming special education, with her new book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. Presentations include those at the AASA Conference, Orange County (CA), Boston College (MA), CADRE (OR), and the Fordham Institute (DC). Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Education Next, Hoover Digest, The University of Chicago Law Review on line, DianeRavitch.net, and The Atlantic Monthly on line.

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