“America will not succeed in the 21st century unless we do a far better job of educating our sons and daughters… And the race starts today. I am issuing a challenge to our nation’s governors and school boards, principals and teachers, businesses and non-profits, parents and students: if you set and enforce rigorous and challenging standards and assessments; if you put outstanding teachers at the front of the classroom; if you turn around failing schools – your state can win a Race to the Top grant that will not only help students outcompete workers around the world, but let them fulfill their God-given potential.” -President Barack Obama, July 24th 2009 Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/fact-sheet-race-top
President Obama proposes a educational reform plan called “Race to the Top.” “Race to the Top” encourages academic improvements through competition for federal funding. American schools, and teaching and learning, will be improved through new reforms and approaches (Fact Sheet 2010). A Revolutionary Proposal for Academic Reformation View slide
The Impact of “Race to the Top” on America’s Public Schools Source: talkradionews “President Obama and Secretary Duncan at Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church”
“Race to the Top” will help improve American public schools in the states by giving them the initiative to do things such as improve testing standards and reform teacher training with the hopes of winning federal grants.
The Logistics of “Race to the Top”
States will apply for the “Race to the Top” program.
There will be two rounds, and winners will be announced at the end of each, in April and September 2010 respectively. Winners of the “Race to the Top” will receive federal funding, based on implementation of reforms suited to the program. View slide
“Race to the Top” calls for five specific areas of reform in schools. Through the success of the program, Department of Education officials are “committed to reforming America’s public schools to provide every child access to a complete and competitive education” (Obama 2009). Improvements called for by“Race to the Top”
Why is Educational Reform Necessary? With an increasingly competitive job market and “failing” schools, American students are falling behind. Competition from outside the country is growing more problematic as outsourcing increases. College administrators and employers are finding students unprepared for higher educations and careers.
Source: The Wall Street Journal Finalists of the First Round
Innovative and updated data collection systems that will track performance better and improve instruction. Visionary approaches to improve and save “failing” schools. Academic standards will be set to better prepare students for college and later careers. Improved teacher performance and specialization through renovations and teacher training. Impacts of “Race to the Top”on K-12 Education
Source: this is bossi Emphasis and funding for Charter Schools are one of the things addressed by Obama for “Race to the Top.”
With the growing problem of unprepared students and failing schools, “Race to the Top” is completely renovating schools. With the hopes of winning federal funding, states are reforming schools and ways of teaching and learning. The incentive of the program not only brings this serious issue to light, but strives to improve it radically. The Effect of “Race to the Top”
Source: Center for American Progress The U.S. Department of Education and the Obama Administration are addressing the issue of a poor educational outlook by implementing incentives to reform schools. Addressing the Issue
Summation “Race to the Top,” under the Obama administration, seeks to reform schools through competition by states. Winners of “Race to the Top” will receive federal funding. States already are beginning to improve teaching and learning approaches in light of “Race to the Top.”
Images: Obama Visiting Elementary School: TalkRadioNews Results of First Round Finalists: The Wall Street Journal Pennsylvania Charter School: this is bossi Department of Education board: Center for American Progress Text: "Fact Sheet: Race to the Top." The White House. The White House, 04/011/2009. Web. 24 Mar 2010. <http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/fact-sheet-race-top>. King Jr., Neil, and Barbara Martinez. "Education Finalists Picked." The Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal, 05/003/2010. Web. 24 Mar 2010. <http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704187204575101553383922336.html?KEYWORDS=Race+to+the+Top>. Sources