Education Secretary Announces Grant Winners

08.25.10 | FL News Team

(Washington, DC)  --  Nine states and the District of Columbia will share more than four billion dollars in federal grants.  Secretary of Education Arne Duncan congratulated the winners of this year's Race to the Top competition and said the plans for education reform were "game changers" for kids.  In all, 35 states plus DC submitted applications for the grant in the second year of the competition, which is designed to spur education reform.

The winning states are Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island. Duncan says the Obama administration is asking Congress to budget another one-point-35 billion dollars for next year's competition.

Governor Ed Rendell said he was "very disappointed" that Pennsylvania finished in 18th place. He blamed Pennsylvania's loss on shortcomings in the state's path for midcareer professionals to become teachers and inadequate support for linking teacher pay and tenure to performance. He had hoped the state would receive up to $400 million.