MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ President Barack Obama is urging states to get their education policies in line with his administration's priorities.
And he has an economic incentive for them to do so: $5 billion in grants known as "Race to the Top.'' The president made his pitch at a middle school in Madison, Wis. He told states that if they develop a strong plan to improve the quality of their educational systems, his administration will help make that plan a reality.
The $5 billion grants are the most money a president has ever had for overhauling schools. Only Education Secretary Arne Duncan _ not Congress _ has control over how it's doled out. And only some states, perhaps 10 to 20, will actually get the money. Obama came to Wisconsin a day before state lawmakers plan to vote to lift a ban on using student test scores to judge teacher performance.