Sustained Outrage

Race to the Top feedback comes back

The state Department of Education received feedback on its unsuccessful bid to become a finalist for Race to the Top, the Obama administration’s $4.35 billion competition for federal education dollars.

State Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine issued a statement Monday, which included:

“According to the U.S. Department of Education, the areas in need of improvement in West Virginia’s educational system are personnel laws related to teachers and principals, charter school legislation, and student test scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The West Virginia Board of Education and I will carefully scrutinize the evaluation and make recommendations to the Governor so that our state is better positioned for phase two of the competitive grant process.”

Earlier this month, Gov. Joe Manchin said education is falling behind in West Virginia and he strongly urged state Board of Education members to step up and take a lead on issues like charter schools, further changes to the school calendar and other matters. West Virginia does not have a charter school law, but the legislation could come up in a special session this spring.

The feedback can be found near the bottom of this page.