According to the Assoc. Press: A source says the U.S. Department of Education has picked Delaware and Tennessee for the first round of its “Race to the Top” funds. Massachusetts was one of the finalists The state however wasn’t picked this time
Back In January I wrote about the House and Buffalo Bob DeLeo going on a 6 week vacation before voting on this Bill. Gov. Patrick wanted to make the House come back to work but Deleo insisted that they could finish in time. If You recall they just barely made it.
(here is a reprint of the Sun article)
Working late into the night to finalize the bill, lawmakers missed the 8 p.m. deadline to file the final legislation and make it eligible for a vote today. Leaders still expect to push for a vote, but will need two-thirds in both the House and Senate to suspend rules and act. The rush is due in part to the looming deadline next Tuesday for the state’s application for up to $250 million in federal funding from President Obama’s Race to the Top fund
Please keep in mind that both the House & Senate adjourned their formal session November 18th 2009 with Six weeks or so left in the calendar year. The Senate had already approved their version of this bill. The House if they had stayed in session could have taken to debate the merits of this bill and not have to jam it through and maybe the State could have gotten submitted it earlier and in a better presentation and received some of the grants. But instead we were one of the last to apply. Did the House cost us the $$$? Who knows but the expression the early bird gets the worm comes to mind. Why did the HOUSE HAVE TO HAVE 6 WEEKS OFF?
So as the Schools throughout the State face more budget cuts and lay-off remember to THANK your House Speaker and his colleagues who went on their Christmas break while our kids and teachers stayed in School only to lose out because of them not doing their job. AGAIN if I am a candidate for Representative anywhere in MA. I’m beating up Bob DeLeo and his leadership team and talking about replacing this speaker.
Federal officials will collect a second round of applications for the highly selective grant program in June. The House and Senate end their formal session in JULY !
The money is part of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus law, which provided an unprecedented $100 billion for schools.