- Around 80 Ohio districts and charter schools backed out of the Race to the Top grant program since 2010, with many school officials saying the grants weren't enough to cover the cost of their requirements.
- Some districts are also reconsidering because the enrollment-based grants, which usually amount to about 1% of a district's budget, are requiring that districts use the state's new teacher evaluations this fall, a full year before all Ohio districts are required to begin using them.
- The new evaluations have made some wary because they place half of a teacher's performance grade on the progress of his or her students.
From the article:
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. ...