Thursday, March 4, 2010

16 States Named Finalists for Race to the Top

The U.S. Department of Education just notified all states of the first-round finalists for the federal Race to the Top grant. Unfortunately, Idaho has not been named as a finalist in this first round.

The following states were named as finalists today: Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

“I am disappointed Idaho has not been awarded in the first round, but from the beginning, I made it clear that I thought Idaho had a 50-50 chance.  Still, I thought it was worth the effort to apply,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna said today. “This is a highly competitive grant, with 41 states applying in the first round, and I believe Idaho still has an opportunity in the second round. Once we receive the peer reviewers’ feedback on Idaho’s initial application, we will work to improve the grant before we reapply in the second round in June.”

“Everyone that applied for Race to the Top is charting a path for education reform in America,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a news release. “I salute all of the applicants for their hard work. And I encourage non-finalists to reapply for phase 2.”

The finalists will travel to Washington, D.C. to make a presentation. Recipients will be announced in April 2010.  States that are not awarded in the first round are able to submit applications in the second round in June 2010.

Read the U.S. Department of Education’s full press release online.

~ Melissa M.

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