Garcia helps form Race to the Top application 

San Francisco school chief Carlos Garcia has been skeptical in the past about accepting federal money if it means that city schools would have to adhere to prescriptive federal reform measures.

But, hey, it’s hard to turn down additional funding — and let’s face it, public education in California stinks and could use some extra cash.

Garcia was one of seven superintendents who worked on California’s second Race to the Top application, which was signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday in Long Beach.

The superintendents are hoping to capture as much as $700 million of the $4.3 billion in federal stimulus money that is being offered to states.

California was one of dozens of states that failed to impress the feds enough to win any cash in round one of the competition.

The state’s latest application requires teachers and principals to be evaluated partly on student performance and would try to place better teachers in low-performing schools, the Associated Press reports.

The application only applies to certain school districts and charter schools representing about 27 percent of California’s 6.3 million public school students, the AP reported.

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