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[Susan notes: Rog Lucido provides lots of reasons for Californians to be glad they weren't selected in the first round of Race to the Top.]

Published in Fresno Bee

To the editor

Your editorial supporting California's need to win Race to the Top funds is flawed. Why? Winning gets each student about 40 cents a day for just one year -- a pittance.

California not being selected means that there will be less emphasis on high-stakes testing. It means that students will not be used as pawns to produce scores that will continue to give them the message that learning is all about preparing for testing and more testing.

California's nonselection means students will not be caught in the crossfire of teachers' pay for performance, which has no evidence of success.

Students will not be taught to believe that charter schools are better than their school. There is no evidence that all charter schools are better than all public schools. In fact, there is more truth to just the opposite.

Nonselection means students will be taught according to goals developed by Californians, not another federal intrusion into states rights. Only 41% of school districts signed on for RTTT. Why? California's loss is our students̢۪ gain.

Rog Lucido

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