PA and DE in line to receive education grants

    Pennsylvania and Delaware are in the running to receive the first round of education grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s “Race to the Top” program.

    Pennsylvania and Delaware are in the running to receive the first round of education grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s “Race to the Top” program.

    The more than $4 billion dollars in federal grants are designed to reward states that have improved student performance and are leading the way in innovative reform.

    Pennsylvania and Delaware were chosen from a pool of 41 applicants, making them eligible to receive a chunk of the up to $2 billion allocated for the first phase of the program.

    While U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wouldn’t speak about each state specifically, he says each finalist is helping to reshape America’s educational system.

    Duncan: This isn’t about the money. It’s about collaboration amongst all stakeholders including administrators, educators, unions, parents, and elected officials. It’s about building a shared agenda and challenging ourselves to improve student learning.

    The winners for phase one will be chosen in April and a second round of applications will be accepted in June.

    New Jersey is not among the first round of finalists but the state has a chance to re-apply for the grant this summer.

    The more than $4 billion dollars in federal grants are designed to reward states that have improved student performance and are leading the way in innovative reform.

    Pennsylvania and Delaware were chosen from a pool of 41 applicants, making them eligible to receive a chunk of the up to $2 billion allocated for the first phase of the program.

    While U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wouldn’t speak about each state specifically, he says each finalist is helping to reshape America’s educational system.

    Duncan: This isn’t about the money. It’s about collaboration amongst all stakeholders including administrators, educators, unions, parents, and elected officials. It’s about building a shared agenda and challenging ourselves to improve student learning.

    The winners for phase one will be chosen in April and a second round of applications will be accepted in June.

    New Jersey is not among the first round of finalists but the state has a chance to re-apply for the grant this summer.

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