More on Winning the 'Race'
August 24th, 2010

It’s official.

New York is among nine states and the District of Columbia that won funding in the second round of the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top competition, the department has announced.

Although the budget is not yet final, New York state will get about $700 million. That money, though, cannot go to reverse budget cuts but instead will pay to implement some 27 initiatives set forth in the state’s plan, such as helping troubled schools and developing a statewide curriculum. For better or worse, the money will go to expand or extend some programs adopted by the city — including some that have been controversial, such as the Leadership Academy for principals and the ARIS data system,

The city anticipates that it will get $250 million to $300 million.

After last month’s dismal news about inflated test scores and cavernous achievement gaps, politicians raced to hail this success — and claim credit for it.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for example, issued a statement saying the award is “a testament to what weve accomplished in our city schools over the last eight years.”

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