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California Schools Lose Federal Race to the Top... Again

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Students in a California classroom (Photo by Art Pets Photography via Flickr)


Students in a California classroom (Photo by Art Pets Photography via Flickr)
It was, indeed, a race, and once again California's public schools aren't among the winners.

The Department of Education has named The District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island as recipient states for the $3.4 billion in education funding, according to CNN. The program is a competitive initiative created by the Obama administration " to award money to states that show that they have a plan for school reforms in four main areas."

California lost out in the first bidding round, but went ahead for the second round. "The Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation's second-largest school system, was in line for about $120 million; Long Beach Unified would have received at least $18 million," notes LA Now.

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The award values are determined based on the student population in the states, and calculated proportionately.

LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines, among the delegates presenting the case for California, issued a statement:

We congratulate the winners of Race ToThe Top Round 2, and are eager to learn from their strategies any additional steps this District can take to improve student achievement. Although we are disappointed that California’s application was overlooked we remain committed to aggressive, effective, collaborative and data-driven reform. The work, already underway and taking root in the District, will continue.