New York had the bad luck to win $700 million in Race to the Top funding.

The politicians thought it would help balance the budget, not realizing that the grant would not be available to plug budget holes.

Now we know that principals think the costly, time-wasting evaluation system is useless. Eighty percent find it inaccurate.

Money will be wasted on this invalid system even as budgets are cut.

Some day we will look back at Race to the Top and wonder, “What were they thinking? $5 billion for that?”

Was it intended to demoralize teachers or was that an unintended consequence?