South Carolina is least likely among 16 states to win federal "Race to the Top" education stimulus grants, according to an analysis by the Center for Education Reform.
Rating the applications like a mock horse racing prospectus, the group wrote that "Palmetto" - S.C. application for almost $300 million in grants - is a 50:1 long shot.
South Carolina is weak on charter schools and "coasting on 'plans' for teacher evaluation changes that offer no solid use of student growth to grade teacher effectiveness." The group rates Washington, D.C., Colorado, Florida and Louisiana as favorites to win grants from the $4 billion pot of money. The grant winners are expected to be announced today.