Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue says Georgia will reapply for a federal Race to the Top Grant in the next round in June.
In a statement, Perdue said:
We were hoping to be among the Final Four in the Race to the Top competition, but unfortunately this time only two winners were chosen. I spoke with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan this morning and he complimented Georgia on our strong application and commitment to education reform. I promised him Georgia will reapply in June and we will be tough to beat in the second round of awards that will be announced this fall. The Department will provide us valuable feedback on our application, and I am confident that we are a top seed heading into round two. I want to especially thank the 23 systems that have joined with Georgia for this competition, and we look forward to celebrating with them later this year.
State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox issued her own statement:
It is unfortunate that Georgia was not named a winner for Race to the Top funds, but I know we are well-positioned to be in contention for the next round of funding. We will take the U.S. Department of Education’s suggestions and work on perfecting those parts of the application for Phase Two. For seven years, Georgia has been focused on the very issues called for in the Race to the Top application. With a third place finish, it is clear that we had a very strong application and I look forward to working with our partners on making our next attempt even better for the students of Georgia.