RI Waits for
Doesn’t Win Race to the Top decision and doesn’t receive School Improvement Grant
The Department of Education has announced* the winners of the
first round of Race to the Top School Improvement Grants (SIG) and the Rhode Island didn’t make the cut. Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio and Washington were the winners. For those who tied the Central Falls firings to RI getting the SIGs, I guess the move hasn’t paid off yet. As for the Race to the Top grants, David Scharfenberg at N4N reported earlier that RI Ed. Commish Deborah Gist wasn’t optimistic:
Education Commissioner Deborah Gist told a group of civic leaders yesterday at a meeting attended by N4N that it is “highly unlikely” that Rhode Island will win a multi-million dollar infusion from the federal government in the first round of President Obama’s Race to the Top grant-making.
The comments, made before community leadership development organization Leadership Rhode Island, marks a significant shift in tone for Gist, who has been relentlessly optimistic about the state’s application for more than $100 million in federal aid to push through sweeping reform.
The Department of Education will anounce Race to the Top winners on Monday, March 29th.
*CORRECTED version-thanks commenters- Nothing like multi-tracked grant programs and gov’t bureaucracy to confuse the layperson! But most of the blame goes to yours truly for jumpin’ the gun.