Georgia won a Race to the Top grant. Waiting for a statement from the governor and DOE and participating in a 1 p.m. media call with the U.S. Secretary of Education. I will add details as I get them. The grant is expected to be around $400 million, although I have not gotten DOE confirmation of the amount yet.
Other winners of a slice of the $3.4 billion remaining in the grant fund are District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, and Rhode Island. There were 19 finalists for this second round.
From US DOE:
“We had many more competitive applications than money to fund them in this round,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. “We’re very hopeful there will be a Phase 3 of Race to the Top and have requested $1.35 billion dollars in next year’s budget. In the meantime, we will partner with each and every state that applied to help them find ways to carry out the bold reforms they’ve proposed in their applications.”
A total of 46 states and the District of Columbia put together comprehensive education reform plans to apply for Race to the Top in Phases 1 and 2. Over the course of the Race to the Top competition, 35 states and the District of Columbia have adopted rigorous common, college- and career-ready standards in reading and math, and 34 states have changed laws or policies to improve education.
Every state that applied has already done the hard work of collaboratively creating a comprehensive education reform agenda. In the coming months, the Department plans to bring states together to help ensure the success of their work implementing reforms around college- and career-ready standards, data systems, great teachers and leaders, and school turnarounds.
I know that many of you fear the federal stranglehold on our schools, but I welcome the money and the opportunities that RTTT will bring.
Statements are rolling in: Here is one from Steve Dolinger of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education:
This is very exciting news for Georgia and for our public education system. We congratulate and offer our thanks to the state leaders who led our Race to the Top application process.
The award of the Race to the Top funds will boost the momentum Georgia has built in creating a consistently improving public education system. With this money come a great opportunity and a huge challenge for our educational leaders. They must use every dollar wisely and stay focused on getting the most from this investment for the future of our young people. This award should be seen as a vote of confidence and an energizer to continue our move forward. It’s time to get to work.