RALEIGH, N.C. -- Gov. Beverly Perdue and other officials will try to close the deal to get one of the federal government's "Race to the Top" school reform grants.
Perdue, Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson and State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison lead a group to explain and defend the state's proposal on Tuesday before a selection committee in Washington.
North Carolina was one of 16 states named finalists for more than $4 billion in grants to reward states using innovative ideas to improve student performance. The finalists were invited to Washington.
The committee will submit scores to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan for the final selection in April.
North Carolina applied for $469 million over four years in part to expand computer-based assessments of students.
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