The left foot is in, but the right foot is out. As states enter round two of Race to the Top, some states have won over the unions. But the districts aren’t all onboard.
"Although the changes made in applications from the first to the second round varied widely from state to state, union buy-in increased on average by 22 percentage points, with states such as Florida, Michigan, and Wisconsin making big leaps.
"At the same time, the overall level of district support and students affected in the 30 applications barely budged, mostly owing to California’s loss of support from about 500 districts representing nearly 2 million students. That negated progress other states made in improving buy-in."
To best compete, states need all stakeholders on the same page. That’s what it’s all about.