Writing for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the former director of the Race to the Top essentially admitted that the federal government purposefully took advantage of cash-strapped states by forcing top officials from these states to sign off on its preferred education policies, namely the most important predecessor to the Common Core.
“(W)e forced alignment among the top three education leaders in each participating state — the governor, the chief state school officer, and the president of the state board of education — by requiring each of them to sign their state’s Race to the Top application,” wrote Joanne Weiss.
“In doing so,” she explained, “they attested that their office fully supported the state’s reform proposal.”
RTTP was initially launched in 2009 by President Barack Obama as a competitive grant program geared at rewarding innovative state reforms.
But according to Weiss’s own statements, the government set it up in such a way so as to bring about its desired outcomes.
For instance, Weiss explained that states earned additional points if they allowed “stakeholders” such as state’s teachers’ unions — which many allege care more about lining their own pockets than they do about educating our children — to play a role in designing the state’s reform proposal.
The whole program was basically sculpted in such a way that the states were coerced into adopting the federal government’s preferred policies, lest they wind up with too few points and thus be denied much-needed federal funding during the recession.
That states had to essentially “alter their own decision-making structures to comply with federal dictates,” attorney Jane Robbins, a senior fellow with American Principles in Action, wrote in regard to Weiss’ bold admission.