NEW YORK (WPIX)—New York State has failed in its attempt to gain $700 million in federal grant money from a program called Race to the Top, the New York Times reported. In fact, New York finished second to last out of 16 finalists in the country for the competitive funding program that involved charter schools.
Gov. David Paterson and state education officials were disappointed that they could not sufficiently raise the cap on the number of charter schools in the state to impress the judges.
The issue was further complicated by a plan introduced in January in the State Assembly that, while doubling the number of charter schools in the state, would have strictly limited New York City's ability to open new charter schools. This point bothered Mayor Michael Bloomberg and schools chancellor Joel Klein so much that they could not support the proposal.
Another strike against New York winning was its law that prohibits deciding teacher tenure by using test score data. All is not completely lost as a second round of competition could still bring grant money to the state if the state can provide a more appealing plan for the federal judging.