Even With Charter Schools, Alabama Would Have Flunked Race to the Top
EWA 2010 National Reporting Contest winner. This investigative report examined the reasons Alabama’s 2010 Race to the Top application scored the fewest points of any state. It dispels the rumor that the status of charter schools hurt the state’s bid for federal money: Only 40 points were at stake if the state heralded in more charters, which would have helped the state finish second to last in the RTT competition instead of last.
The article concludes that the state’s application writers missed many steps, and failed to consult key constituent groups, including labor organizations.