SHAME ON THEM: TEXAS SCHOOLS HAVE APPLIED FOR MORE DIRECT-TO-LOCALS, RACE TO TOP GRANTS THAN ANY OTHER STATE

Nov 23, 2012 by

By Donna Garner

11.23.12

Did you know that as of Nov. 14, 2012, Texas has the largest number of educational entities that have applied for the direct-to-locals Common Core Standards/Race to the Top grants. These include a total of 113 Texas ISD’s, charter schools, and regional education service centers  – separately or through joint applications. The USDOE plans to award 15 to 25 applicants ranging from $5 M to $40 M by Dec. 31, 2012.

If you have not already read this, please take the time to do so:  11.23.12 – “Texas Public Schools Must Resist Federal Tentacles” – by Donna Garner —  http://educationviews.org/texas-public-schools-must-resist-federal-tentacles/

Texas administrators and the education establishment are so het-up in their lust for more money that they are chomping at the bit to take federal money even if the Common Core Standards strings are attached.  The Common Core Standards/Race to the Top are the Obama administration’s federal takeover of the public schools.

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/11/a-new-kind-of-problem-the-common-core-math-standards/265444/

Excerpt from “A New Kind of Problem: The Common Core Math Standards” – by Barry Garelick, 11.20.12, The Atlantic — http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/11/a-new-kind-of-problem-the-common-core-math-standards/265444/

This approach not only complicates the simplest of math problems; it also leads to delays. Under the Common Core Standards, students will not learn traditional methods of adding and subtracting double and triple digit numbers until fourth grade. (Currently, most schools teach these skills two years earlier.) The standard method for two and three digit multiplication is delayed until fifth grade; the standard method for long division until sixth. In the meantime, the students learn alternative strategies that are far less efficient, but that presumably help them “understand” the conceptual underpinnings.

If you are a parent and/or a taxpayer, you need to contact your school district and/or regional education service centers if they are on the following list.  Please tell them how outraged you are with them for applying for the direct-to-locals RTTT grants which would require the teaching of the Common Core Standards.  Explain that if they should be selected by the USDOE to receive the RTTT grants that you will make it a public crusade to warn the parents that their children are at risk because the Common Core Standards/RTTT will not get Texas school children prepared for the new STAAR/End-of-Course tests.

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

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U. S. Dept. of Education – Nov. 14, 2012

USDOE Information about Race to the Top 2012 District Competition:

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-district/index.html

Detailed List of Applicants:

Race to the Top – District

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-district/rttd-applicants.pdf

Texas 117

Abilene Independent School District 1

America Can 5

Austin Can Academy Charter 1

Fort Worth Can Academy Charter 1

Houston Can Academy Charter 1

San Antonio Can High School Charter 1

America Can 1

Arlington Independent School District 1

Aubrey Independent School District 10

Bowie Independent School District 1

Calallen Independent School District 1

Celina Independent School District 1

Graham Independent School District 1

Krum Independent School District 1

Odem-Edroy Independent School District 1

Pilot Point Independent School District

Taft Independent School District 1

Aubrey Independent School District 1

Gainesville Independent School District 1

Austin Independent School District 1

Beaumont Independent School District 1

Cedar Hill Independent School District 1

Comal Independent School District 3

New Braunfels Independent School District 1

Seguin Independent School District 1

Comal Independent School District 1

Dallas Independent School District 1

DeSoto ISD 1

Edgewood Independent School District of San Antonio 10

Cotulla Independent School District 1

Devine Independent School District 1

Dilley Independent School District 1

Floresville Independent School District 1

La Pryor Independent School District 1

Natalia Independent School District

Pearsall Independent School District 1

Poteet Independent School District 1

Poth Independent School District 1

Edgewood Independent School District of San Antonio 1

Galveston ISD 1

George Gervin Youth Center, Inc. 9

Academy of Careers and Technologies 1

Conquest Academy 1

Higgs Carter King Gifted & Talented  1

Houston Heights Learning Academy 1

Radiance Academy of Learning 1

Shekinah Radiance Academy 1

George Gervin Youth Center, Inc. 1

George Gervin Academy 1

Barack Obama Green Charter High School (NJ) 1

Harmony Science Academy (Harmony Public Schools)

Harmony School of Excellence 1

Harmony School of Science-Houston 1

Harmony Science Academy-Austin 1

Harmony Science Academy-Brownsville 1

Harmony Science Academy-El Paso 1

Harmony Science Academy-Fort Worth

Harmony Science Academy-Lubbock 1

Harmony Science Academy-San Antonio 1

Harmony Science Academy-Waco 1

Harmony Science Academy (Harmony Public Schools)

Houston Independent School District 1

Idea Public Schools 1

Irving Independent School District 1

La Joya Independent School District 1

La Marque and Hitchcock Education 2

Hitchcock Independent School District 1

La Marque and Hitchcock Education 1

Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District 3

Lamesa ISD 1

Wilson ISD 1

Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District 1

Mathis ISD 4

Brooks ISD 1

Riviera ISD 1

San Diego 1

Mathis ISD 1

Mercedes Independent School District 1

Navasota ISD 1

Pasadena Independent School District 1

Region 5 Education Service Center 4

Burkeville ISD 1

Newton ISD 1

West Hardin ISD 1

Region 5 Education Service Center 1

Region One Education Service Center (ESC 1)

Brownsville ISD 1

Donna ISD 1

Edinburg CISD 1

Freer ISD 1

Jim Hogg County ISD 1

Mission CISD 1

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD 1

Progreso ISD 1

San Isidro ISD 1

Sharyland ISD 1

Weslaco ISD 1

Region One Education Service Center (ESC 1)

Southwest Schools 1

Stephenville Independent School District 1

Sulphur Springs Independent School District 1

Teneha ISD 5

Carlisle ISD 1

Joaquin ISD 1

Laneville ISD 1

Mt. Enterprise 1

Teneha ISD 1

United Independent School District 4

Del Rio 1

Eagle Pass 1

Laredo 1

United Independent School District 1

Uplift Education – Peak Preparatory 5

Uplift Education – Hampton Preparatory 1

Uplift Education – North Hills Preparatory 1

Uplift Education – Summit International Preparatory 1

Uplift Education – Williams Preparatory 1

Uplift Education – Peak Preparatory 1

Friendship ISD 2

Slaton ISD 1

Friendship ISD 1

San Benito Consolidated Independent School District

Lyford Consolidated Independent School District 1

Santa Rosa Independent School District 1

San Benito Consolidated Independent School District 1

Spring Branch Independent School District 4

KIPP Houston 1

KIPP San Antonio 1

KIPP Dallas Fort Worth 1

Spring Branch Independent School District 1

Raven School 4

Raven School 1

Big Sandy ISD 1

Goodrich ISD 1

John H. Wood, Jr. Charter District

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