Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce that New York was today named as one of 16 finalists for the federal Race to the Top competition. Race to the Top is the U.S. Department of Education’s $4.35 billion effort to reshape America’s educational system.
“I am gratified that the Obama administration has named New York as one of 16 finalists in the federal Race to the Top competition,” said Senator Oppenheimer who chairs the Senate Education Committee. “New York has long been a model of innovation and creativity in education and I fully expected our application to be competitive. I want to take this opportunity to thank President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan for championing the cause of education reform and recognizing the steps New York has taken to better prepare our students for success in the global marketplace.”
States competing for Race to the Top funds were asked to document past education reform successes as well as outline plans to extend reforms. In addition to New York, the state finalists included Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee. The 16 finalists were chosen from among the 40 states and the District of Columbia that submitted applications for the initial Race to the Top competition.
I look forward to the next phase of the competition and will continue to look for ways that we can enrich the educational experience of all our schoolchildren,” concluded Senator Oppenheimer. The winners for this initial competition will be announced in April.