At a time when schools are languishing under harsh cuts to state education funding, that the Race to the Top program this year is, for the first time, open to individual districts presents an opportune challenge. Yes, the competition is nationwide, and likely will be extremely tight. But the rewards are great: up to $40 million over the course of four years. And best of all, unlike in years past, the money won't be funneled through state bureaucracy. It will go directly to the winning school districts.
The Glendale Unified School District already has announced its intent to apply, and hundreds of other school districts no doubt will do the same. And let's not forget that the national Teacher of the Year teaches in Burbank. Perhaps that could put some extra wind behind the application as it heads to Washington D.C.