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NC misses out on "Race to the Top" education grant

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina has missed out on the first round of education reform grants from the federal government.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Beverly Perdue confirmed Monday the state didn't win an award in the "Race to the Top" competition. North Carolina was one of 16 states that were finalists.

A source told The Associated Press that the U.S. Department of Education chose Delaware and Tennessee for the first awards.

North Carolina's application had sought $469 million over four years. Perdue and education officials had gone to Washington earlier this month to make a personal pitch.

"Race to the Top" is designed to encourage the use of innovative programs to improve student performance and transform struggling schools.

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Count her successes

10 Day "Relationship Building" Trip to China with an entourage. Results -- ZILCH to date. Costs -- never revealed publicly.

Partial Day Trip to DC to promote education. Results just announced -- ZILCH. Costs -- not revealed to date.

3 Day Trip to Hollywood with an entoruage of 23 to promote NC film making. Results -- an announcement that our recently enacted incentives, which she endorsed, are not on target. Too Bad she didn't check before she flew; that was known when the initiatives were enacted. Did not see any cavorting on the Beach with Arnold and Maria. Costs -- not revealed.

Do we see a pattern?

In the private sector, three such "at bats" with no hits or walks, and you would be hanging up your frequent flyer card or seeking other employment opportunities.

Maybe she needs to stay in state and focus on the challenges at hand rather than focus on travel opportunities. But then, perhaps she realizes now she's a "one termer" and wants to go for all the bennies she can get.

Here ya go...

Miss Thang was too busy chasing "stars" and doing "pep rallies" than to really push for something worth the effort. I guess there just wasn't enough traveling involved to get her attention on this one....

They don't owe us anything

What do you expect. We are a small state and Washington does not think we are important enough to give us money. It has always been that way and it will never change. They don't need our vote and we have no major unions that would raise money for them.