40 mill for race to the top
Competing for Race to the Top dollars is in our students’ best interests. If we are to go from the fastest-growing district in the nation to the fastest-improving one, we need funding to hire more staff and increase our technology offerings to individualize curriculum. We can’t win the game if we’re not in the game. I'm happy to say we are in the game, and I’m pleased that we are taking the field with the teachers' union.
This mean whether they choose to go directly into the workforce or whether they choose post-secondary education, it ought to be a choice. They ought to have the skills necessary to do either. That is why I think a whole grassroots movement has to be implemented. We have to make sure our graduates are post-secondary ready or at least workforce ready. They are interchangeable, because you have to have the same level of skills to do both at a higher level.
Secondly, I would very quickly say that in order to do this, I am going to need partners to join us and in some cases I am going to need folks to demand it. I call it “critical partners,” and some of these critical partners will have to hold us accountable for better graduates and more graduates because our dropout rates are horrendous. We have to change this.