The article is titled Districts Bail on Race to the Top in Five States….

“The 12 states that won the $4 billion Race to the Top sweepstakes are forging ahead into the final months of implementing their education improvement plans, but some will be finishing out the endeavor with fewer school districts on board than when they embarked.

Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Ohio all have had some local districts or charter schools bail out on their Race to the Top program, though many did so early on.. Delaware lost its biggest district last spring—the 17,000-student Christina system—in a dispute over paying large bonuses to the most effective teachers. Christina forfeited $2.3 million of its $10 million grant.

They weren’t the only one….

  • Massachusetts shed 38 of 276 participants.
  • North Carolina has lost seven charter schools, but no districts.
  • In Ohio, where 538 districts signed up for Race to the Top, 107 have since dropped out.
  • New York, where 40 districts terminated their participation within a few weeks late last year as controversy kicked up over the state’s plan to collect a trove of student data

“Many districts have found that the grants they were getting were less than what they’ve had to spend on Race to the Top…” implementation,”

Hat’s off to John Young and the other brave fellows of the Christina School District for boldly setting forward and getting praise from a lofty national educational publication.  (And it’s even partially funded by Bill Gates)..

“Pretty much all districts signed on to Race to the Top because a little money attached to help implement these massive reforms was better than nothing, but looking back now, I can’t really say it was worth it.”