Montgomery says maybe to Race to the Top
Montgomery County hasn't yet agreed to sign the Race to the Top application and is one of only two districts that is holding support back from the state's efforts to win as much as $250 million in federal funds later this year. (Frederick is the other.) The Montgomery County school board voted earlier this week to sign the application if state education officials allow it to continue to use what it says is a highly successful teacher evaluation system. The board wants the state to say that its evaluation system is currently in compliance with the Education Reform Act recently passed by the General Assembly and any other regulations passed in the future by the state board.
Since on the face of it the evaluation system doesn't seem to meet the standards that the state wants, we will have to watch and see if the state trades such a blanket OK for school leaders' signatures. I am guessing not.
A state education spokesman said state officials are reviewing the Montgomery County request and are continuing to discuss it with the county school leaders.