All the reforms that the state legislature and Gov. Rell want to put into place will have to be put on hold (at best) as Connecticut once again lost out on federal “Race to the Top” education funding. This is the second time the state didn’t make the finals in the competition for a piece of the $3.4 billion pie. The state was looking for at least $175 million. It won’t see a dime.
The inability to get any of the any funding puts at risk some landmark reforms the state had planned and the state legislature had passed. “It’s obvious if the economy doesn’t turn around and we continue to have dire fiscal straits in Connecticut, we will have to push back various reforms,” state Rep. Andrew Fleischmann (D-West Hartford) co-chairman of the legislature’s education committee told the Hartford Courant. “We’re going to have to find the dollars to implement this. We cannot create some kind of unfunded mandate for cities and towns that are already strapped.”
The state had planned on instituting a new high school curriculum and building a data system to track student achievement by grade will have to be postponed.
Massachusetts, by the way, made the finals.