If We Take RTTT Funds But Don’t Implement RTTT Mandates, Isn’t that a Little Shady (or Worse)?
WPRO’s Dan Yorke said it outright last week. An article on WPRI’s website today references it a little more obliquely.
The rumor is that Governor Chafee wishes to accept Race to the Top funding for the state without implementing all of the conditions that accompany it. More specifically, it’s purported that he’d like to duck out of the charter school component. (I wonder why?) The governor’s averseness to charter schools became clear in the past couple of days when he invited to the state an outspoken opponent of them.
Race to the Top money is not a no-strings-attached gift. The federal government is sending us this money to accomplish certain things. Prudence dictates that we obtain answers to some rather obvious questions before going down this (rumored) road.
1.) What are the consequences of taking federal money without implementing the attendant requirements?
2.) Doesn’t deliberately taking targeted funds with no intention of implementing the program border on something close to fraud?
3.) Even if such an action is not fraud, wouldn’t the federal government find out and simply debit that amount from future monies headed to the state, putting us back at square one revenue-wise? Or, framing the question positively, under what scenario do we get away with doing this?