Massachusetts was one of 11 states plus the District of Columbia to win the competitive funding, designed to promote statewide education reform. States vying for a share of the $4.3 billion fund had to pledge to pursue reforms in four areas: adopting standards and assessments aimed at increasing student success in college and the workplace; recruiting and rewarding effective teachers; building state data systems to measure student growth; and turning around the state's lowest performing schools.
Districts had to secure the support of the superintendent, the school committee, and the local teachers union to participate and be eligible for the federal funding. In Milford, as with many districts that opted out of the effort, union opposition was the stumbling block.You can read the full article in the Milford Daily News
Franklin is also one of the districts that opted out of "Race to the Top" because it already is at the top and would not gain via this program.
The Race to the Topic decision was made in Franklin in January. Details on the discussion from the School Committee meeting can be found here