State Wins 'Race To The Top' School Reform Grant

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The U.S. Education Department says North Carolina has joined eight other states and the District of Columbia to receive money in the second round of the more than $4 billion "Race to the Top" school reform grant competition.

Department spokesman Justin Hamilton says the other winners are: Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island.

The amounts of the grants are expected to be announced later, but a state official told The Associated Press that North Carolina will receive $400 million.

The official requested anonymity because the Education Department hasn't released the amounts yet.

The aim of the "Race to the Top" program is to reward ambitious changes to improve schools and close the achievement gap.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Aug 25, 2010 at 04:06 AM
    If the money trail is traced accurately line by line for the use of education then it is a good thing, at least until the economy picks back up, all effort now should be put into job creation across all job sectors especially in the private sector.
  • by Dan Location: Seven Springs on Aug 25, 2010 at 12:25 AM
    NC children & citizens have won nothing! They are now even more owned and subjagated by the federal govt! Our children are brain washed,learning not reading,writing and arithmatic,but how not to speak their thoughts or minds! Federal dollars stolen from tax payers and then piece mealed out to uninformed ignorant peoples,only opens the door wider for a more socialist then communist govt.! Our children will only learn true values and correct information by trashing "Free public schools". Nothing is free and your childs mind should not be for sale! A mind is a terrible thing to waste so don't send your children to socialist federal or state schools or universities!
  • by Monopoly on Aug 25, 2010 at 12:05 AM
    I don't know about you, but I've been going to flea malls and garage sales, buying up all the Monopoly board games I can. Soon the money in those games will be worth about the same as US currency.
  • by DW Location: Greenville on Aug 24, 2010 at 07:36 PM
    It must be nice that the government has so much available money to give out. Where is a budget for federal spending????. I think a flag with the picture of the Titanic going down should be flown over the White House.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2010 at 05:35 PM
    Is there any money available for parent/student reform?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2010 at 04:58 PM
    Jimbo@1:03, you should know:)
  • by I Fought the Law on Aug 24, 2010 at 10:35 AM
    400 million dollars for one state!!!!! Yep it's a Race to the Top alright.....to see how many taxpayer dollars can be greedily snatched up and diverted into the hands of the crooked politicians. All underneath an already straining economy to boot.....I have a feeling this country is going to crumble like clay before it's all said and done.
  • by Mom on Aug 24, 2010 at 10:18 AM
    Not being hateful, because I am from Maryland and I consider it my home, but weren't Maryland schools just ranked #1 in the nation last year? Why do they need part of the funds from this? I think that there are probably other states that could have used the money...
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Aug 24, 2010 at 10:03 AM
    I'm sure Bev will find some way to divert this money away from education and to welfare recepients. It's all part of the democrats' scheme. Ignorant people are easier to control right Bev?
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