Ga. educators oppose federal grant

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ATLANTA - One of two groups representing Georgia teachers will announce today that they are opposed to the state's application for federal "Race to the Top" money.

Georgia Association of Educators President Jeff Hubbard says his organization is holding a press conference at 4 p.m. in Atlanta to speak out against the state's bid for part of the $4.35 billion grant competition. Georgia came in third during the first round of the race, losing out to winners Tennessee and Delaware.

GAE President Jeff Hubbard says teacher associations should have been part of the committee that wrote the state's application. A spokesman for Gov. Sonny Perdue says though the groups were not included, teachers were on the committee.

Teacher buy-in is a key factor in the scoring of "Race to the Top" applications.

GAE represents more than 40,000 Georgia educators.

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ZenoElia 05/05/10 - 06:08 am
sounds like a story about

sounds like a story about sore losers....why would teachers oppose grants to help them teach? Shows the level of intelligence we have running GA education...why am I surprised?

cristinadh 05/05/10 - 06:42 am
Read the article again.. they

Read the article again.. they are opposing the application to the grant not the fact that they were granted the grant!!.. GA educators are the best!!

FaceTheMusic 05/05/10 - 08:23 am
Like many AC headlines, this

Like many AC headlines, this one is also misleading. The GAE isn't opposed to the grant; they're just opposed to how Perdue went about applying for it. As we all know, Perdue has been such a supporter of education during his eight years in office! His cutting of education funding every one of his eight years is proof of his support!

Dan White 05/05/10 - 11:09 am
The grant has in it that

The grant has in it that teachers will be rated and given raises based on test scores of their students. It is Obama's pet educational policy as was Bush's. It is wrong headed to say the least. How would you like it knowing that your pay raise is going to be based on the performance of a 13 year old??? Purdue is wanting to do the same thing as Obama as far as giving educators raises and doing away with tenure raises and advanced degree raises. These efforts are another stab at reducing the state educational budget on the backs of teachers.

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