Rowland Unified School District

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RUSD Superintendent Supports Governor's Special Session for Race to the Top Federal Funding

ROWLAND UNIFIED SUPERINTENDENT SUPPORTS GOVERNOR’S SPECIAL SESSION FOR RACE TO THE TOP FEDERAL FUNDING

ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA – AUGUST 21, 2009 – Rowland Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Maria Ott participated in a briefing call yesterday with the Governor announcing a Special Session of the Legislature to seek elimination of certain state education laws in order for California to be eligible to apply for a portion of the $4.35 billion available in federal “Race to the Top” funding. She thanked the Governor for his proactive efforts to resolve legislative barriers that could limit participation by California schools and districts. 

            “The concept of a growth assessment model is consistent with the Academic Performance Index that is designed to show growth over time,” said Ott. “Teachers throughout the state work hard to teach California’s rigorous standards and to ensure that students learn and perform.”  However, Dr. Ott cautioned that the Governor should keep the issue of data systems separate from issues of school choice. “Unless choice is aligned to federal law, additional legislation in this area could produce unintended outcomes, potentially undermining the Governor’s efforts to increase transparency in assessment,” said Ott.

            According to the U.S. Department of Education, the "Race to the Top" funding is intended to "reward States for having created the conditions for reform and for increasing student achievement." The funds will provide incentives for States to develop and implement comprehensive reform strategies that lead to improved student outcomes. The Legislature will hold a joint hearing regarding the matter on Wednesday, August 26, 2009. The title of the hearing is "Race to the Top or Lost in Space? California's Response for Federal Stimulus Funding."  

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