We Win!

Georgia will receive $400 million as a winner in the “Race To The Top” competition.

Georgia officials were still awaiting the official news, but had been optimistic in recent weeks because of the state’s third-place finish in Round 1 of the competition.

Race to the Top has sparked a wave of reforms across the country, with states passing new teacher accountability policies and lifting caps on charter schools to boost their chances of winning. The aim of the historic program is to reward ambitious changes to improve schools and close the achievement gap.

News of Georgia’s win moved quickly in education circles.

“This is very exciting news for Georgia and for our public education system,” said Steve Dolinger, head of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. “We congratulate and offer our thanks to the state leaders who led our Race to the Top application process.”

Dolinger said: “With this money come a great opportunity and a huge challenge for our educational leaders. They must use every dollar wisely and stay focused on getting the most from this investment for the future of our young people. This award should be seen as a vote of confidence and an energizer to continue our move forward. It’s time to get to work.”

Gov. Sonny Perdue celebrated the state’s selection.

“While this has seemed more like a marathon at times, now the real race begins,” he said. “This is truly a unique opportunity to implement a Georgia-created plan that will accelerate our work in improving student achievement.”

According to the article, winners are supposed to focus on:

Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy.

Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction.

Recruiting, preparing, rewarding and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most.

Turning around our lowest-achieving schools.

14 comments

  1. saltycracker says:

    From a historical perspective what are the odds of using this money efficiently & effectly ?

  2. saltycracker says:

    Children ? Seeing as how we are billions short on just what we owe the teachers retirement funds this might cover the annual after-teaching 3% raise for a while…..

    • NorthGeorgiaGirl says:

      Think again. Most of the money will go to fund bureaucracy at the state DOE, the rest will be divided up among something like 27 school systems. This is a huge mistake…

  3. Chris says:

    Besides the fact that teachers everywhere are correcting kids answers on the actual tests, what’s wrong with the testing standards we have now?

  4. chefdavid says:

    Does this mean the Dade BOE will repeal the tax increase they just did when they get this money? Nevermind it will just allow the budget to go up with this new money and they can hire more coaches and after it runs out they can raise taxes again.

  5. Lone Star Georgian says:

    Man. You guys sound really disappointed. The money was going out the door, anyway. It might as well come to Georgia.

  6. John Konop says:

    Is this not the same Nathan Deal that supported No Child Left Behind?

    With our $400 million Race to the Top grant, Nathan Deal comes full circle. Now, the grant is “a victory for Georgia.”

    …Aug. 3 — that Deal announced he would turn down the fat wad of federal cash….

    NOW:

    ….“Today’s award is a victory for Georgia; I applaud the leadership of Gov. Sonny Perdue and all of the leaders who worked so diligently on this project…..

    …..“The public servants who brought this award to Georgia deserve to take a bow – and then get back to work on a brighter future for Georgia’s children.”….

    http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2010/08/24/with-our-400-million-race-to-the-top-grant-nathan-deal-comes-full-circle-now-the-grant-is-a-victory-for-georgia/

    • Lady Thinker says:

      I wonder what else Deal will change his mind about. Resign, no, I changed my mind, now I will change my mind and resign again, etc.

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