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FIRST ON 3: NC wins 'Race to the Top' school reform grant


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Education Department says North Carolina has joined eight other states and the District of Columbia to receive money in the second round of the more than $4 billion "Race to the Top" school reform grant competition.

Department spokesman Justin Hamilton says the other winners are: Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island.

The amounts of the grants are expected to be announced later, but a state official told The Associated Press that North Carolina will receive $400 million.

The official requested anonymity because the Education Department hasn't released the amounts yet.

The aim of the "Race to the Top" program is to reward ambitious changes to improve schools and close the achievement gap.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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they can take the funds and pay down the State's debt to the Feds. In time, that would ease the pain on taxpayers.

If it goes to teacher compensation, every other state employee should rise up in anger.

Can you BE more negative??

Jeez, this is a real opportunity to help out our beleaguered school systems! If you're so concerned about how the money gets spent, why not become a participant, join the PTA, attend school board meetings - don't just sit back and bitch and judge.

Help Out The Beleagured School Systems??

what a joke.

Rather than focus on performance based compensation, they throw more money at a problem. Look at the records. They have consistently failed.

Rather than focus on forcing parents to be accountable for the disruptive beahvior of their children who prevent other children from taking advantage of the education process, let's throw some more money at the problem and hope it goes away.

Let's get the teachers PDAs because someone thinks that will solve the problem.

Linda -- before you call me out, get a job. Pay taxes. Be accountable for the success of your business which allows others to have jobs and support their families. Work in an environment where you make budget goals or your employees do not get paid and their families suffer.

When schools start acting like a business; when they have to achieve success for their students or face job loss, come see me.

We don't have the problems in Pender County which are apparently present in Brunswick County.

Could be we don't have citizens like LelandLinda who are always ready to take the taxpayers' money and use it for whatever the day's warm and fuzzy cause is.

Can anyone say...

Political Payback? Our illustrious governor was pi$$ed when NC didn't win the first time around. I'm sure she'll attempt to take credit for this taxpayer-funded "gift". Any guesses on how the money will be spent?

Spend it Wisely

Let's hope the state spends this money wisely! I can see most of it going into bloated salaries for administrators of touchy-feely programs that produce no true results.