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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ohio Chosen as Race to the Top Round 2 Finalist, Invited to Present Application in Washington

Ohio Chosen as Race to the Top Round 2 Finalist, Invited to Present Application in Washington

Columbus, Ohio – Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Deborah Delisle today released the following statement regarding Ohio’s selection as a Race to the Top Round 2 finalist.

Today, the U.S. DOE announced that 19 states have been selected as finalists to make a presentation to a panel of reviewers selected by the U.S. DOE during the week of Aug. 9, 2010. These finalist states include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Washington D.C. Following these interviews and presentations, the recipients of Race to the Top funds for the second round are expected to be announced in Washington, D.C. by Sept. 1, 2010.

In June, Ohio was one of 35 states plus Washington, D.C. that submitted an application for the Race to the Top grant program to the U.S. Department of Education
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Ohio was selected as one of 16 finalists during Round 1 of Race to the Top. Delaware and Tennessee were the only states to receive funding during the first round. At that time, Ohio’s application ranked 10th out of 40 total applications in Round 1.

Statement from Governor Strickland and Superintendent Delisle:

“We are very pleased to hear Ohio was, again, a Race to the Top finalist, and we are very proud of the work accomplished by numerous individuals and organizations who helped craft Ohio’s Round 2 application. Our application was carefully constructed, based on the feedback from the federal reviewers that we received during the first round of the competition, and with the help of more than 100 participants in a series of meetings hosted by KidsOhio and the Ohio Grantmakers Forum.

“The Ohio Department of Education has already begun preparing for the presentation to the U.S. Department of Education. One of Ohio’s strengths in this process is our commitment to education and to a system of education that ensures every Ohio child will receive a high quality education. We are grateful for the hard work of our team at the Ohio Department of Education, as well as the State Board of Education and the Ohio General Assembly, for demonstrating that Ohio’s support for its students is not only our mutual responsibility but also our highest priority.

“Through the more than 530 school districts and community schools that agreed to be part of our Race to the Top efforts by signing a memorandum of understanding, more than half of Ohio’s students will be participants in our efforts should Ohio receive funding. The participating districts and community schools have demonstrated their commitment to Ohio’s education system and our students, believing that we can improve educational opportunities, even in tough financial times. Of those students participating, the award will impact 81.5 percent of African-American students, 73 percent of Hispanic students, and 66.3 percent of economically disadvantaged students statewide.

“We will continue to work together to ensure all students graduate from high school well prepared for higher education and Ohio’s 21st century economy.”

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