Lawmakers continued work this week on reforming some of the state’s education laws to allow California to qualify for $4.5 billion in competitive federal stimulus grants.
Federal officials administering the new Race to the Top stimulus fund believe the state does not meet the competition’s criteria.
In order to qualify, California would need to improve flexibility for students in low-performing schools, increase accountability for teachers, improve transparency and better coordinate the use of electronic data systems to track students’ academic progress, state and federal officials say.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has called on lawmakers to clear any legislative hurdles blocking the state’s qualification for the funds and declared a special session last month to solve the problem.