The American Enterprise Institute released a report last week on the Obama administration's "Race to the Top" education reform grant competition that concluded that "declarations of [its] revolutionary impact are both premature and drastically inflated." Author Andy Smarick posits that state officials who have embraced education reforms during these tough fiscal times may lose enthusiasm once economic conditions improve. By contrast, Education Secretary Arne Duncan is convinced that Race to the Top has been successful. The administration's blueprint for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act builds upon the tenets of Race to the Top, and the president's fiscal 2011 budget requested $1.35 billion to fund another round of the competition.
Has Race to the Top already promoted meaningful education reform across the country? Why or why not?