Education Secretary Arne Duncan says schools must make dramatic changes to get money from a special $5 billion "Race to the Top" fund included in the economic stimulus package.
"We're going to reward those states and those districts that are willing to challenge the status quo and get dramatically better," Duncan said March 16 at the White House.
Those who keep doing the same old thing, however, won't be eligible for the money, he added.
Schools will be getting tens of billions more dollars through regular channels, such as Title I and IDEA. On top of that, Duncan will have an unprecedented $5...