Obama: Race To The Top Pros and Cons?

President Barack Obama mentioned Race to the Top (R2T) during his State of the Union Address. His plan is for this idea to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

What I like about the Race to the Top initiative is that at its core it stems from solid values, hard work and dedication.

Obama wants to set a high bar for states and school districts and give local governments more flexibility for achieving those goals.

What are the pros and cons of Barack Obama's Race to the Top program?

asked by Brody in Politics | 8156 views | 01-26-2011 at 04:45 PM

Obama claims that Race to the Top is the most meaningful reform of our public schools in a generation.

I think that is a bold proclamation, given that the grants had only just begun and we donít have any results of the program yet.

In his 2011 budget proposal, President Obama asked for $1.35 billion more for "Race to the Top" for the 2010-2011 school year.

Here are some of the pros and cons of the Race to the Top program.

Pros: The program shifts from punishment of noncompliance to reward of compliance is an important tactical shift for the federal government. Improves the quality of teachers and the distribution of excellent teachers. It has standards in place to improve teaching and learning.

Cons: Keeping track of achievement gains could harm students. Students will small gains could be labeled, and determined not to be college material.

answered by Hurley | 01-26-2011 at 04:46 PM

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