Will school districts sign on to Race to the Top?
Maryland's school superintendent, Nancy S. Grasmick, has given local districts until Friday to decide whether they want to sign on to the Race to the Top application. If districts sign, they stand to gain some federal money, but signing also commits them to reforms. Today, Montgomery County's superintendent Jerry Weast makes a case that his school district is far head of others in Maryland in enacting its own strategies. Although Weast said no decision has been made, his op ed piece makes it sound as though the county has made up its mind. Baltimore City and Prince George's County will likely sign because they have the most to gain financially, but the discussion should be lively in some areas of the state.