State's loss may not be city's loss 

California’s failure to win a nice chunk of federal funding for education Thursday may not have been a loss for San Francisco schools.

While the state was passed over in the first round of a $4.3 billion school-funding competition, San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Carlos Garcia had expressed skepticism earlier this year about whether guidelines dictating how those funds must be used would provide effective reform.

At the time, the California Teachers Association opposed some of the reform measures, as did The City’s teachers’ union.

Nevertheless, one ought never to turn down free money. At least, not until one is utterly certain that it won’t be useful. The City’s Board of Education unanimously opted to join the Race to the Top grab bag in January. And the teachers’ and administrators’ unions also signed on.

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