But for many of those governors, the contest lost some sizzle last week, when Mr. Duncan awarded money to only two states — Delaware and Tennessee.Heh, darn those
Colorado, which had hoped to win $377 million, ended in 14th place. Now Mr. Ritter says the scoring by anonymous judges seemed inscrutable, some Coloradans view the contest as federal intrusion and the governor has not decided whether to reapply for the second round.
“It was like the Olympic Games, and we were an American skater with a Soviet judge from the 1980s,” Mr. Ritter said.
Colorado is not the only state where the initial results of the Obama administration’s signature school improvement initiative, known as Race to the Top, have left a sour taste. Many states are questioning the criteria by which winners were chosen, wondering why there were only two that won and criticizing a last-minute cap on future awards.
States that had considered reapplying next year for the program are reevaluating after they were informed the awards would be significantly lower in the future. Honestly, it is unclear why any state other than Delaware or Tennessee would bother with this program at all. Nevertheless, Obama administration officials considered the program, "a splendid success." That must have been Baghdad Bob Gibbs declaring success, he gets plenty of practice spinning failures into phenomenal success stories. Fewer and fewer seem to believe him and this smoke and mirror administration, however. Now it appears fewer states and their governors believe them as well.