Posted by guest blogger Sean Cavanagh.
The much-anticipated second round of Race to the Top winners is scheduled to be released tomorrow, Politics K-12 has confirmed.
Earlier this summer U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan named 19 finalists—18 states plus the District of Columbia—in the competition for $3.4 billion of remaining funding, created through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal law better known as the stimulus.
The finalists were Arizona, California, Colorado, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. All of them notched at least 400 points on the competition's 500-point grading scale. Several states boosted their scores considerably from Round 1 to Round 2 even before the in-person presentations to judging panels in Washington earlier this month. The secretary described that improvement as "inspiring" when he named the finalists back on July 27. Delaware and Tennessee were selected as winners in Round 1.
So put the final touches on your RTT office pools, and let the final round of speculation begin.