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California Doesn’t Make Cut

Sacramento, CA — California will not receive the first round of federal stimulus funds set aside for education.

41 states applied for the initial “Race to the Top” money, and California is not one of the 16 finalists.

At the urging of Governor Schwarzenegger, California lawmakers passed a package of reforms in January making the state eligible for the funding. The legislation forced persistently failing schools to make reforms, and parents with children in failing schools can now choose to move their kids elsewhere.

Governor Schwarzenegger stated today that the state needs to be even more aggressive on education reform so that California may be eligible for the second round of funding that will be allocated later in the year.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.