California Collaborative District Leaders Advocate for Flexibility Provisions in Race to the Top Legislation

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California Collaborative District Leaders Advocate for Flexibility Provisions in Race to the Top Legislation
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December, 2009

Seven California superintendents, including those from six California Collaborative districts, wrote this letter to California legislative leaders supporting the reinstitution of provisions for district flexibility in Race to the Top legislation. In exchange for clear eligibility and accountability criteria, districts would receive the same level of flexibility provided under current law to charter schools. Such flexibility can encourage innovation, support system learning, and give much needed fiscal and strategic support to students, teachers, and school districts and their families to support student learning. The letter was ultimately unsuccessful at changing the legislative language for Race to the Top. However, a bill currently under review by the California legislature (SB 1396) may achieve similar flexibility on a smaller scale.