Mitchell, Rapid City and Sitting Bull Set to Lose Local Control with RTTT District Grants

The first round of Race to the Top Grants, which South Dakota applied for, committing us to the Common Core, and subsequent rounds have been offered to states. Now there is a new round being offered to local school districts. 

Mitchell Public Schools, Rapid City Area Schools and Sitting Bull School have filed an intent to apply for the new Race to the Top District Grants that are due October 3. If your district takes Federal money, go ahead and abolish your school board. A centralized system doesn’t need/want local input. Forget about the constitutional authority of state agencies and local school boards. The US Department of Education is now directing local and state educational directives. It’s time to contact your school board members, superintendent, principals, mayors, and city councils. These people work for you and are charged with representing you. Let them know we do not want the federal government directly controlling our local districts with the strings that are always attached to federal money. 

“Each LEA included in an application must provide its State at least 10 business days to comment on the LEA’s application and submit as part of its application package: (a) the State’s comments or, if the State declined to comment, evidence that the LEA offered the State 10 business days to comment; and (b) the LEA’s response to the State’s comments (optional). Similarly, each LEA included in an application must provide its mayor or comparable official at least 10 business days to comment on the LEA’s application and submit as part of its application package: (a) the mayor’s or city or town administrator’s comments or, if that individual declines to comment, evidence that the LEA offered such official 10 business days to comment; and (b) the LEA’s response to the mayor’s or city or town administrator’s comments (optional).”

We must stop this power grab by the US Dep’t of Education. 

Read more at Missouri Education Watchdog
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-district/2013-list-intent-apply.pdf

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