Unions Block Florida's Race to Top Bid At Expense of Schools and Students

Bill McCollum's Campaign Manager Matt Williams issued the following statement on the United States Department of Education’s Race to the Top announcement

“Today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Education that Florida was not selected as a first round winner of the Race to the Top competition is a disappointing reminder the unions will continue to put the interests of bureaucracy over the best interests of Florida’s children.

 

“Throughout the application process, Attorney General Bill McCollum called on members of the Florida Education Association and its local affiliates to withdraw their politically-motivated opposition to Florida’s Race to the Top bid – opposition now responsible for the loss of potentially hundreds of millions of dollars for Sunshine State students, teachers and schools.

 

“Unfortunately, Alex Sink stayed silent on this critical issue for too long and lacked the political will to stand up to her supporters at the Florida Education Association. As a candidate for Governor, it is clear Alex Sink would rather stand with the teachers unions than stand up for Florida’s children.

 

“As Florida’s next Governor, Bill McCollum is committed to implementing and expanding aggressive education reform efforts to ensure every single Florida child has access to a quality education.

 

Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bill McCollum blamed the teachers’ union for Florida’s failure to win out on the first round of federal “Race to the Top” education funds.


The Florida Education Association, that opposed the stimulus funds, is “now responsible for the loss of potentially hundreds of millions of dollars for Sunshine State students, teachers and schools,” McCollum campaign manager Matt Williams said in a press release.

 

“Today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Education that Florida was not selected as a first round winner of the Race to the Top competition is a disappointing reminder the unions will continue to put the interests of bureaucracy over the best interests of Florida’s children,” Williams accuses.

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