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GA a finalist in "Race to the Top" grants

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ATLANTA (WRCB)-- Governor Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that Georgia has been selected as one of nineteen finalists by the U.S. Department of Education for the second round of federal "Race to the Top" grants. Georgia stands to receive up to $400 million over four years to implement its plan if selected.

"While like the Oscar's it is an honor to be nominated, we look forward to celebrating a win in this race," said Governor Perdue.

Perdue added, "This grant is an opportunity to further align funding and state education policies with our desired outcome of improved student achievement.  Georgia has again demonstrated our credentials to win be a Race to the Top winner and we are ready to begin implementing these reforms with our partnering school districts."

The Race to the Top fund is a $4 billion grant opportunity provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to support new approaches to improve schools. The fund is available in the form of competitive grants to encourage and reward states that are creating conditions for education innovation and reform.

Only two states, Delaware and Tennessee, were awarded in Round 1 out of 40 states and the District of Columbia that submitted applications.  Georgia finished third in Round 1. Georgia received the highest score by a single judge of any state in the competition and was the only state to receive at least 80 percent of available points in each scoring section.

The U.S. Department of Education estimates that phase two winners will be announced in late August or early September 2010.

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