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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Race to the Top Money—A Shell Game

Jan 18, 2010

State governments all over the country are competing for “Race to the Top” money from the Department of Education.

But this promise of federal money is just a shell game. Only 4.3 billion dollars are available for all 50 states to compete for, and federal officials themselves have said that only a few states will get funding.

Even if a state gets the money, it’s still a drop in the bucket. For example, if California won something, it would be at best a few hundred million dollars–that is, maybe 2 or 3% of the 17 billion dollars that the state has already cut from schools in the last two years alone. And Governor Schwarzenegger has already proposed more cuts in this year’s budget!

Obama’s vague promise of a one-time, small funding from the federal government is nothing but bait. And state politicians are using it as an excuse to launch another attack on public education.