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California a Finalist in Federal Race to the Top Program for Education Funding

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
California could get up to 700 million dollars in federal education funding.
But the state didn’t even make it to the finals in the first round of the competition. So, what’s different this time around?
“This is really an application that came from the ground up, not from Sacramento down.”  
Jack O’Connell is State Superintendent of Public Instruction. He says California put seven school districts in charge of rewriting the application, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Fresno.
“Several of our school districts really have been heroic in terms of utilizing data and making decisions and meeting students needs based upon real research and real data, not just based upon some intuitive theory or concept.”
California is one of 19 finalists. State officials will be traveling to Washington D.C. to make one last pitch next month, and hope to find out the final results in September.
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