Washington Using stimulus dollars as bait, President Barack Obama is coaxing states to rewrite education laws and cut deals with unions as they compete for $5 billion in school reform grants, the most money a president has ever had for overhauling schools. And it may end up going to only a few states.
In Wisconsin, where Obama will visit today, lawmakers are poised to change a law to boost their state’s chances. Nine other states have taken similar steps.
And states can’t even apply for the money yet.
“There is an appetite out there for change,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.