Dayton Exploring Chance For Federal School Grants

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton plans to lobby the U.S. education secretary about getting Minnesota into a competitive federal grant program the state previously missed out on.

Addressing the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, Dayton said Friday his administration will explore the possibility of applying anew for Race to the Top grants. The Democrat intends to ask Secretary Arne Duncan about it when the nation’s education chief comes to Minnesota in two weeks.

It’s not clear whether there’s even an opening for a new application. The program was designed to encourage innovative programs to boost student achievement, and hundreds of millions of dollars were on the line for successful states.

Minnesota’s initial application was denied. Then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty decided not to try for again amid a standoff with the state teacher’s union.

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  1. ? says:

    The program was designed to encourage innovative programs to boost student achievement, and hundreds of millions of dollars were on the line for successful states.
    Minnesota’s initial application was denied. Then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty decided not to try for a second round of grants amid a standoff with the state teacher’s union.
    Can any explain to me why the state teacher’s union would not want this?

  2. Ignorance must be bliss says:

    Because then teachers can get fired because of poor student performance. I know this does not sound correct. God forbid that bad teachers would not be kept to keep teaching badly.

    1. H Michaels says:

      Please quit tying student performance to teachers pay. I teach middle school math and I am very good at what I do, but I have a few kids who refuse to do their work. How do they become better at math? I currently stay after 2 nights a week for homework help, I am here 30 minutes earlier than I need to be so I can get my prep done, so when the students show up I am there to help them with their math. It is amazing who shows up. The kids who have A’s and B’s show up even if they have only one small question. The students who are failing don’t show up. I have tracked them down before school and after school, made many phone calls to the parent(s) to have them stay after for help, and even tried to set up something at a local library on weekends to get the underperforming kids to do better. It is impossible to do this without the support of a parent. Lets be honest here, kids with good parents do great. Kids with questionable parents, well that is another story. So my pay needs to be tied to a questionable parents ability to support education? Really? Lets start knowing how students and the education system works before giving ideas on how to pay teachers. If I could just get paid for the kids who have a great family system in place, I will bankrupt you. But I don’t get to pick who shows up in my class. I have homeless kids, where food and shelter take priority over education, I have kids who do not speak English, but have to take the same MCA Math test as everyone else (once a kid is here for 1 year, they take the test) I would like to see someone take a test in French, after only studying the language for 1 year. I have students who live in dysfunctional homes where staying safe from an abusive parent takes prescient over homework. Education starts at home, I see these kids for 49 minutes a day. I make the best impact I can.

  3. Soapboxgod says:

    Federal grants….good God have one no shame? There are no Federal grants. There are no Federal funds period. The United States government is broke. .

  4. Here we go again. says:

    What federal mandates does it come with, I’m sure in the long run it will cost Minnesota more than it’s worth.

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