New York State's Race to the Top application was delivered to USDOE officials in Washington today, fresh off the Legislature’s passage of a cap lift bill that makes a host of amendments to the state Charter Schools Law.†With a few days of holiday rest and reflection between Friday’s frenzy and today, I still think it’s a pretty good deal.
We lost a few battles--including over the performance-blind ban on for-profit managers--but the final result is a net positive. Schools will generally maintain their autonomy, SUNY held on to its well-deserved authorizing power, and the 114 new schools that can open in NYC is a pretty significant expansion. It will certainly help meet the growing demand of families and should help all New York public schools win much-needed federal aid.
Check back here over the next few days for more detailed analyses of the bill and its effect on schools.