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Teachers Sign On to Race to the Top
Published on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 (11:22 a.m.)Teachers Sign On to Race to the Top
Compromise is reached to submit application by extended deadline
Las Vegas, Nevada, Nov. 2, 2012 – Representatives for the Clark County Education Association (CCEA) and the Clark County School District (CCSD) met with Governor Brian Sandoval yesterday evening to discuss the school district’s Race to the Top grant application.
After a long and extensive conversation where CCEA representatives addressed the specific concerns that prevented them from signing the grant application and its action plan, the parties have reached a compromise. Revisions made to the grant application include:
1. The creation of an oversight structure at the district level, as well as the 63 schools, where teachers will have authority and a strong voice in the implementation process.
2. The replacement of pre-named vendors, scripted curriculum, and software for a Request for Proposal (RFP) process that ensures a selection of resources and programs that best meet the needs of students.
CCEA commends Governor Sandoval for reaching out to both parties in an effort to help resolve the issues surrounding CCSD’s grant application for the Race to the Top funds. Governor Sandoval’s assertion that teachers must play an integral role in the implementation process validates CCEA’s position that teachers are the most critical element for student success. Further, Governor Sandoval’s public acknowledgement shows he is aligned with CCEA’s belief that Nevada’s public education system is severely underfunded.
We urge Governor Sandoval, CCSD representatives, and Nevada’s legislators to work with us to create a sustainable and adequate funding system for our schools. The consequences of preserving an ill funded education system only hurt our children’s opportunities for a brighter future. We cannot afford to play politics with our children’s education -- there is just too much at stake.