U.S. Education Secretary Cautions New York on Race to the Top

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

In a progress report Tuesday on New York's Race to the Top grant, the U.S. Education Department said it has concerns about the state's lack of recent progress on new data and teacher-evaluation systems.

The Education Department released reports on the first year of Race to the Top grants in 11 states and Washington D.C. New York obtained roughly $700 million to implement education reforms, including the evaluation and data systems.

The state could lose hundreds of millions of dollars if it doesn't move forward, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement.

"New York made significant progress through Race to the Top over the last year but has recently hit a roadblock that not only impedes Race to the Top but could threaten other key reform initiatives as well," he said in a statement.

"New York has a chance to be a national leader or a laggard and we are only interested in supporting real courage and bold leadership. Backtracking on reform commitments could cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars for improving New York schools."

At the same time the federal government was expressing concern about New York State's lack of progress on implementing reforms need to capitalize on Race To The Top funding, Buffalo Mayor Byron was saluting students at an east side school for their acceptance into the National Junior Honor Society.

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