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WTOL Editorial: Race to the Top funds frozen; reprehensible

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By WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon - email

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The Race to the Top federal program should be pumping $10.8 million into the Toledo School District.

But Francine Lawrence, President of the Toledo Federation of Teachers, notified the Ohio Department of Education that the union is withdrawing from the program.

Her action froze the money and over time the almost $11 million will be going elsewhere.

Although I am sure Ms. Lawrence feels she is protecting union interests, this is a lot of money.

In a market like ours, which is so strapped for cash, losing federal money earmarked to improve education is reprehensible.

The Toledo Public School leaders and the union officials need to work this out, and right now.

If they don't or won't, then they need to be held accountable for the price of what appears to be stubborn pride.

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