The US Department of Education has just released the names of the 18 states plus Washington, DC that remain in the competition for Phase 2 fund awards under the Race to the Top program.
Kentucky made the cut.
Of course, we made the cut in Phase 1 of RTTT, and came up short when the cash actually got handed out. Our major failing that time, the lack of any charter schools, remains a potential obstacle to our getting any money, or a significant amount of money, in RTTT Phase 2.
Education Week reports,
“…if New York, Florida, and California win and are awarded the maximum amount allowed by the Education Department’s rules, they’ll eat up $2.1 billion, or more than half of the remaining funds. Altogether, the states are asking for $6.2 billion, far more than the $3.4 billion that’s available.”
Thus, even if we win a Phase 2 award, we may see a lot less money than state educators would like.