The Education Department on July 24 released draft guidelines for the Race to the Top fund, $4.35 billion in grants to improve America's schools. This is the largest pot of discretionary funds ever made available to the department, and a centerpiece of President Obama's education reform efforts. During a teleconference on the day of the release, Secretary Arne Duncan called Race to the Top an opportunity to turn islands of excellence into systems of excellence.
According to the guidelines, however, states that prohibit linking student achievement data to teacher and principal evaluation will not be eligible to apply. Is this fair? Why or why not?