The Snohomish School District has decided to pass on applying for new federal education dollars, saying that the federal government is asserting too much control on local schools.
Statewide, 265 of 295 districts, representing about 97 percent of the state’s student population signed on to compete for their share of “Race to the Top” funds.
The Herald of Everett reports that in a letter, school district and the teachers union say that they don’t want more federal oversight.
They said they needed to draw the line somewhere, and that they had already implemented their plans to improve education.
Race to the Top calls for new evaluation criteria for teachers and principals, common academic standards among states and a data-collection system that tracks student growth.