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Race to the Top team to arrive in Hawaii next week

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:58 a.m. HST, Mar 23, 2012

The Hawaii State Department of Education will attempt to highlight various accomplishments when federal officials visit to examine the state's Race to the Top progress.

The U.S. Department of Education review team will visit Hawaii Tuesday through Friday next week to conduct a fiscal review and reassess the "high-risk" status of a $75 million grant the department warned could be taken away because of unsatisfactory progress on promised reforms.

Among the highlights state education officials plan to show off include last month's teacher union agreement for schools in zones targeted by reforms. The teachers in those schools ratified an agreement for extended learning time and additional professional development days.

However, a lack of a formalized union agreement continues to present challenges for the state in delivering on reforms.

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Publicbraddah wrote:
This should be very interesting. The State and HSTA has yet to reach an agreement and Race to the Top will be in town. Let's get ready to rumbleeeeee!
on March 23,2012 | 06:34AM
soundofreason wrote:
You guys are SO skrewed.
on March 23,2012 | 06:38AM
allie wrote:
The teachers should have been in on the evalaution discussion 2 years ago. This entire thign was badly done and rushed.
on March 23,2012 | 06:46AM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
I hope this manifests as a big time reality check.
on March 23,2012 | 06:57AM
With the state set to eliminate the school bus system, will see how many students show up to school on time if at all. You cannot review and reassess anything without students.
on March 23,2012 | 07:36AM
mcc wrote:
Too much emphasis on rail, Mufi and Peter forgot the DOE. Stop rail, fix what we have. Cayetano for Mayor!
on March 23,2012 | 08:15AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
I hope you don't vote. People like you just cancel out my informed vote.
on March 23,2012 | 08:24AM
SteveToo wrote:
Shoots, I thought they were talking about a foot race to someplace like Mauna Loa. Head lines can deceive you.
on March 23,2012 | 09:27AM
lee1957 wrote:
Being on the RTT team must be a pretty good gig. Instead of pulling the plug early, you can take a trip to Hawaii in the middle of winter on the taxpayer's dime. When you leave, you can put the grant on probation so you will have to come back in a couple of months. Next week you have the chance to put the grant on double secret probation, and pencil in another trip in a few months. The gift that keeps on giving.
on March 23,2012 | 11:45AM
my_opinion_only wrote:
Too bad more federal taxpayers (and parents of Hawai'i's keiki) aren't aware of where the lusted-after 75 million is really going to go. It's not going to the schools themselves, the teachers or the students. Here's the 1-page Budget-summary (based in the 93 page summary of the the actual 934 original page RaceToTheTop application) The "personnel"-costs are for outside "Vendors" and upper-level DOE folks, not for additional school-level personnel like Teachers, EAs, PTTs, Or Tutors. Same thing with all the "travel"-costs and "fringe-benefits." (While studying the chart one will note that there is no money, zero, allocated for the LEAs ( -- Local Education Agencies --or actual Schools in "edu-speak"). A shame really, that this information, though hidden in plain sight, hasn't been picked up by any of the local (or national) media outlets. Read it and weep. http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop/phase2-budgets/hawaii.pdf
on March 24,2012 | 10:03AM
my_opinion_only wrote:
This whole RaceToTheTop thing is designed to make the corporate consiltant types ever richer. Care to be a "Vendor" to the Hawai'i DOE? Here's where you apply! http://hawaiidoereform.org/RTTT-Vendors
on March 24,2012 | 10:07AM
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