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Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 12:41pm

Teacher Group Says No To "Race To The Top"

A teacher advocacy group will oppose Georgia’s "Race to the top" federal grant application. The Georgia Association of Educators says it was not included in the process.

Georgia is applying for about $400 million dollars to support education reforms. The grant was written without input from the GAE which lobbies on behalf of 40 thousand teachers says it’s spokesman Jeff Hubbard.

“We were actually looking forward to being part of this reform process and what we were told was no thank you, you are part of the problem,” Hubbard says.

But teachers did have input, says the Governor’s office, because of a survey that was filled out by about 20 thousand teachers. Governor Perdue's spokesman Bert Brantley says the GAE shouldn’t be blocking the federal education money.

“This is not a policy driven argument. This is a hissy-fit. They're mad that we went directly to teachers instead of going through their lobbying group.”

Georgia lost out in the first round of the grant to Tennessee and Delaware. Both states had strong teacher participation in their proposals. Applications for round two of the grant are due in about a month.

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