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Mr. Gusky is correct that this isn't a simple issue. In Tennessee, the teachers' union supported the grant because we didn't have a choice. TEA managed to make the proposal more teacher-friendly than the original. Race to the Top is an Obama modification of NCLB. In spite of the trendy name, NCLB has left many children behind. It's disgusting that politicians make education laws without the input of teachers. No one would have a medical procedure that wasn't done by a doctor or other appropriately trained medical personnel. Yet, it's alright to make education policy without trained teachers. Something is wrong with this picture.
It's not so simple. Unions need to look at the expectations in Race to the Top. For schools in Improvement Plans both principals and teachers can be fired for not reaching proficiency. If the federal government changed the criteria to growth standards for students, there would be a more realistic and accountable measure. Race to the Top is not about 21st century learning; it's about 20th century accountability.