UPDATE Tuesday at 10:45
The U.S. Education Department says at least four states will receive money in the second round of the $4.35 billion “Race to the Top” school reform grant competition.
The other winning states are: District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, and Rhode Island
We find out today if Georgia won a Race to the Top grant. We are among 19 finalists and made our case a few weeks ago to a review panel in DC.
Given our third place ranking in the first round, I would be surprised if we don’t win one of the education improvement grants. Ed Secretary Arne Duncan is supposed to announce the winners at 1, but news always seeps out earlier so expect word around 11. Georgia is hoping for $200 million or more.
I exchanged e-mails with the governor’s spokesman who says they have not received any heads-up but are hopeful.
If we win and we elect a governor and state school chief in November who are leery of federal involvement in education, 2011 is going to turn out to be an interesting year for all of us.