The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has just lost out on $40 million of free federal money because the teachers union has declined to sign the district's Race to the Top grant application, the Huffington Post reports. Given the dramatic budget cuts that they have suffered, LA's K-12 schools could really use the millions in federal education dollars. Why then did the LA teachers' union, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), pass up the money? Because it continues to object to student test scores or other measures of student growth as a "significant factor" in teacher evaluations, the...

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