October 29 | San Francisco Chronicle

By Jill Tucker

Stuck in a standoff with teachers unions, the San Francisco and Oakland school districts have abandoned efforts to bring in up to $15 million each to develop high-quality math classes for upper-elementary and middle school students.

The two districts spent months preparing a joint application for the next round of federal Race to the Top funding - which required districts to incorporate student test scores, among other criteria, in teacher evaluations.

And because of that critical clause, union leaders refused to sign, as required by the federal application.

"Sometimes, publicly, they've indicated they'd be willing to talk about test scores," said Troy Flint, Oakland Unified spokesman. "When we actually sit down and tried to find some sort of compromise, it becomes apparent there is a complete ideological objection to using test scores, even as a small measure in evaluating teachers."

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