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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

100316-Gov on Mar 16, 2010

Letter: Letter from 9 Governors to Secretary of Education Duncan
Source: Letter from 9 Governors to Secretary of Education Duncan
Our states need more time to properly evaluate the changes needed to resubmit our applications, as well as to engage in meaningful and collaborative discussions with our legislatures, our schools, our unions, and our communities. We need to make informed changes to our applications, whether in the area of evaluations, turnarounds, standards, or data collection. These changes will be stronger if they are informed by the comments of those who reviewed our initial application.

Therefore, we request that you considerably accelerate the timeline for release of peer reviewers' comments and scores from Phase One or extend the deadline to submit our Phase 2 application until July 1, 2010; so our states can continue the necessary hard work, without losing momentum, to reform education and apply for Race to the Top Phase Two. As Governors -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- we were proud to stand with President Obama, and with you, to bring about real systemic change in education through the Race to the Top competition. Under the first phase of competition, you saw forty states and the District of Columbia respond to your call. While only fifteen states and the District of Columbia were selected as finalists for Phase One, we all remain committed to pursuing necessary reforms to help ensure that our states' applications are competitive for the second phase of funding.

The finalists were announced on March 4, with applications for next round due less than 90 days later on June 1. You also announced that our comments and feedback on our applications would not be available until sometime in April, which would further reduce that already short timeline for meaningful course correction to fewer than 60 days.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 7. Question 7: Vouchers for school choice Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Education
  • Headline: Participate in federal program Race to the Top (Score: 1)

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Democrats participating in 100316-Gov

Brad Henry s1sOK Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) 
Ted Kulongoski s1sOR Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) 
John Lynch s1sNH Former Democratic Governor (2005-2013) 
Joe Manchin III s1sWV Democratic Senator 
Mark Parkinson s1sKS Former Democratic Governor (2009-2010) 



Republicans participating in 100316-Gov

Bob McDonnell s1sVA Republican Governor 
Jodi Rell s1sCT Former Republican 
Mike Rounds s1sSD Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Arnold Schwarzenegger s1sCA Former Republican Governor (2003-2010) 



Independents participating in 100316-Gov



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 5
Republicans: 4
Independents: 0


















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