Burbank Unified has officially bowed out of the federal Race to the Top — a competitive grant program that could bring millions to cash-starved school districts, but not without some strings.
After considering a run for a piece of the $389-million grant, Burbank officials say they do not want to rush into the application for two reasons: the district falls short of the requirements and the grant requires teacher evaluations that are tied to test scores.
“That’s something we don’t rush into,” said Sharon Cuseo, director of instruction and accountability.
Glendale Unified is in the process of applying for the grant, which could mean $30- to $40-million for the district over the course of four years.
Cuseo said that Burbank Unified is short of meeting requirements related to the district’s data system and prior success in Adequate Yearly Progress reports based on standardized testing and high school exit exam scores.