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‘Race to the top’ winners to be announced Tuesday

August 23, 2010

Federal officials are expected to announce the second round of winners in the Race to the Top grant competition tomorrow afternoon.

Rhode Island education officials have said they have high hopes for the state’s application, which seeks up to $75 million dollars to drive controversial reforms including teacher evaluations linked to student test scores.

Rhode Island was a finalist in round one of the competition but just two states, Delaware and Tennessee, were awarded grants. Both states had near-universal support from teachers unions.

In round two, state officials worked to improve Rhode Island’s application based on feedback from reviewers in round one. They also held a series of public meetings and gained support from one of the state’s two teachers’ unions, the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals.

Rhode Island is one of 19 finalists in the second round of competition. Massachusetts is also a finalist. Federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said as many as a dozen states may receive funding.

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