One of President Barack Obama’s more interesting programs this year has been his Race to the Top program, designed to spur innovation in state school systems, to get better results out of new programs. The District applied last month to be one of the grant winners, and today it was announced that they were selected as a finalist
Now the District must defend their proposal in mid-March, touting the reforms listed and demonstrating their plan for success among the other 16 finalists. The number of winners is flexible, and they will split $4B in education funding among what they term to be a few winners for Phase 1. If the District’s plan is not successful in Phase 1, they may reapply in Phase 2, along with Virginia and Maryland. Maryland chose not to apply in Phase 1, and to wait and see how the process worked, and Virginia was not selected as a finalist.