The Times goes on to support this new proposal, saying it's silly to require the entire state to be on board; after all, LA Unified alone has five times as many students as the state of Delaware, which won RttT funds in the first round.
California wanted to apply for the second round of federal education grants but had too few school districts willing to sign on. The Obama administration badly wanted California to apply, in order to avoid the embarrassment of having the biggest state with the most children rejecting its signature Race to the Top initiative. The solution: The U.S. Department of Education agreed to consider a California application made up of just a handful of districts in the state, including Los Angeles Unified. It's a match made in heaven, if that's what you can call Sacramento.
NCLB had some problems, but everyone knew what the goal was--improved student achievement as measured by standardized tests, and penalties for schools that consistently didn't show student improvement towards even those minimal standards. What, exactly, is RttT's goal? What standards are being reached for?