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ERIC Number: EJ1141838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
Tennessee to the Top: One State's Pursuit to Win Race to the Top
Finch, Maida A.
Educational Policy, v31 n4 p481-517 Jun 2017
In 2009, a seldom-used policy lever emerged in the form of a competitive grant program, Race to the Top (RTTT), and sparked a flurry of state-led initiatives as states vied for federal dollars. The current study examines the policymaking context that surrounded these events and propelled Tennessee to the top of the race among the states. Through interviews with legislators and bureaucrats, I analyze the state-level processes instigated by a federal program in which all but four states participated, but fewer than half were winners. My examination details the parallels between the RTTT guidelines, Tennessee's efforts, including the Special Session in the General Assembly, and the state's plan for improving education in the state as outlined in their RTTT application.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Race to the Top
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