Race to Top Grants Not Worth Costs, Ohio Officials Say

Monday, March 11, 2013

Requirements tied to federal Race to the Top education grants have become more work than the money is worth, some Ohio school districts say.

About 80 districts and charter schools across the state have backed out of the grant program since they won money in 2010, including an initial flurry of withdrawals because school officials realized that grants weren’t enough to cover the requirements attached to them.

But some districts that have received money for years are reconsidering now, partly in response to costs but also because of new teacher evaluations tied to the grant money.

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