Pennsylvania Finalist for Education Grant
Kurutz, Daveen Rae, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Pennsylvania could find out in September whether it will receive a cut of $3.4 billion in federal stimulus money for education reform.
Department of Education officials announced Tuesday that 18 states and the District of Columbia are finalists in the second round of the "Race to the Top" grant competition.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said he anticipates 10 to 15 states will receive money. The finalists have asked for a collective $6.2 billion.
"This isn't just about the money," Duncan said during a conference call with reporters. "It's about folks working together and putting the needs of children ahead of everything else."
Regardless of which states get money, education in America has changed substantially in the past year, Duncan said, citing new laws in 13 states and changes to teacher evaluations in 17 states. Pennsylvania is working on changes to evaluations.
"Race to the Top has really leveraged a lot of change, even without distributing those dollars," said Mark Roosevelt, superintendent at Pittsburgh Public Schools. …