Tonight the Milford Board met with a representative from DEDEO to discuss the Race to the Top grant MOU that needed to be submitted by Jan 13th. After much discussion, most of it centered around how to sustain the funding for the data and instructional coaches that are part of the states plan? Also how are the districts to handle the questions that will be raised when the state hires these folks, and yet we are trying to find funding to keep our instructional staff positions with the state of the states budget? Lastly, the question came up why is the state going to hire a third party organization to handle the coaching positions, thereby paying high dollar consultants, when there are plenty of folks sitting up in Dover who are suppose to be gathering data and helping to coach our instructional staff already? Bottomline, districts are being asked to sign a document that is not fully developed, and which has more questions left open then just a few! The board agreed to back the signing of the MOU, but only because it was backed into a corner by the same folks who know how the create un-funded mandates!