BBA and AASA to Hold Conf. Call on New Race to the Top Report

MEDIA ALERT

Contact:
James Minichello
703-774-6953
jminichello@aasa.org 

On Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. ET, Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (BBA) National Coordinator Elaine Weiss and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, Associate Executive Director for Policy & Advocacy Noelle Ellerson will hold a media briefing call on the release of a new BBA report on the success and failures of Race to the Top. 

The report, Mismatches in Race to the Top Limit Educational Improvement, and the accompanying discussion will examine the implementation of Race to the Top, the Obama administration’s flagship education initiative. Has it produced the “game-changing” improvements proponents promised? Has it set states up to fail, as opponents claim? Or does the reality lie somewhere in between? 

The report is the first to bring together all available information about Race to the Top, one year before grants are scheduled to end. It incorporates the perspectives of over two dozen states and local education leaders from three states which were awarded funding in 2010—including both Round 1 Race to the Top recipients, Delaware and Tennessee—and of district superintendents from across Race to the Top states. Weiss and Ellerson will discuss the successes and challenges states have encountered, and key implications for education policy more broadly. 

What: Press conference call on new BBA report, Mismatches in Race to the Top Limit Educational Improvement 

Who: Elaine Weiss, National Coordinator, BBA

Noelle Ellerson, Associate Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy, AASA

When: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (ET)

Call-in Number: 1-800-311-9402

Passcode: RTTT

To RSVP or receive an embargoed copy of the report, contact Dan Crawford, dcrawford@epi.org, and James Minichello, jminichello@aasa.org.

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