Instead of Race to the Top funding being dependent upon a handful of criteria as early press reports were indicating, the critical criteria under consideration by the US Office of Ed, numbers nine "reform conditions already in place." In a competitive scoring system, might that have the effect of diluting the impact of any one variable (like charter schools) particularly in the case where a state is in pretty good standing on the other variables? In any case, Kentucky will be at a disadvantage on some criteria, and other states will be at a disadvantage on other criteria.
Over at Prichard, Susan's been doin' the math.
As folks start thinking about Race for the Top applications, it's worth trying to get a ballpark idea of what Kentucky's share might be if we receive a grant.$4.35 billion is the total competitive funding.
$4 billion is available in the main competition, with $350 million set aside for separate funding of new test development.
1.3% is roughly Kentucky's share of the country's public school enrollment.
$52 million is 1.3% of the $4 billion.