A week ago, President Obama announced his new education initiative. The "Race to the Top" fund, with almost $5 billion earmarked for teacher raises, is getting a lot of attention.
The pieces have not yet all fallen into place, and it's too early to predict just how the funding will come down. As noted in a previous EdLog post, teachers are concerned about a requirement that states have no restrictions against tying teacher pay to student achievement.
How that rule is interpreted by the states will have a lot to do with whether or not the Obama plan is accepted by teachers and their professional organizations.
Reporter Daniel McBride with the Daily Comet in Thibodaux is one of the first Louisiana reporters to visit the issue. Here is his story.