The "Race To The Top" finalists have been announced by the U.S. Department of Education. A pool of 41 applicants competed for over $4.35 billion dollars in school reform grants as part of President Obama's economic stimulus proposal.
The U.S. Department of Education chose schools in: Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee. The final winners slated to receive portions of the federal grant will be determined in April.
The goals of the U.S. Department of Education's "Race To The Top" is to reward student achievement through the development of stong standards combined with quality teachers in the classroom, and encouraging students in lower performing schools to improve.
The U.S. Department of education will accept the second round of applications in June.