Lt. Governor Denn stumps for his program that continues to grow the chasm between “winners and losers” by using competition in education to distribute resources.

Delaware Voice today: http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130928/OPINION07/309270008/Denn-Hodges-chance-challenge-Delaware-s-most-advanced-students

We were proud to champion the creation of this program, but now its success or failure lies in the hands of our schools and our parents. Funding from this program is not automatic. Schools have to ask for it, and they have to come up with thoughtful plans for how they will use the money. That, in turn, means parents need to contact their superintendents and school board members to tell them that they want these types of programs in their schools.

I guess kids in schools that don’t apply and don’t win are just screwed huh? Notably, the decision to apply isn’t born of the advanced students themselves. Only the sad effects of this poorly designed process will their burden to bear: continued lack of challenge. This program has been bitten by the most avoidable bug: following the recent trend of competitive grants as panacea for education funding distribution.

When will politicians and policy makers wake up to this problem?: competitive grants don’t work for ALL children. Never have, never will.

Mr. Denn, you can do better than this.

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