Sacramento, CA — There may soon be some monetary relief for California schools in a new national competition.
According to the Associated Press, California along with 18 other states and the District of Columbia are finalists in the second round of the federal “Race to the Top” school reform grant competition. California will have a chance to win as much as $700 million in the contest, which rewards ambitious reforms aimed at improving struggling schools and closing the achievement gap.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger applauded today’s announcement of California’s selection as “Race to the Top” finalist saying, “California’s Race to the Top Two application lays out a roadmap for the future of public education in California that empowers parents, embraces accountability, transforms under-performing schools and ensures effective teachers and principals for each student.”
Two states, Tennessee and Delaware, were awarded a total of $600 million in the first round. The U.S Education Department is expected to announce the winners of the second phase in September.