Experts ask why Louisiana wasn't a "Race to the Top" winner

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Posted: Aug 25, 2010 1:59 PM
Updated: Aug 25, 2010 2:46 PM
Source: The Christian Science Monitor

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An article on The Christian Science Monitor's website is attempting to answer what many in Louisiana have been asking after the latest winners were announced in the "Race to the Top" competition.

Why wasn't Louisiana, which has been recently praised for education reform, among those getting a slice of the $3.4 billion in federal funds?

One possibility the article cites is a new law that evaluates teachers partly on student achievement, but was passed after the state was graded on teachers and leaders during the first round of the "Race to the Top" competition.

“I have to scratch my head and wonder why,” Louisiana’s superintendent of education, Paul Pastorek, told the Christian Science Monitor. “But at the end of the day, that is the process, and we’ll live with it.”

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