Today, United States Senator Roland W. Burris applauded the selection of Illinois as one of 19 finalists for the second round of funding from the U.S. Department of Education's 'Race to the Top' grant program. More than $3 billion will be made available for the winners of the second round of competition.
"In this time of budget cuts and short falls, this announcement brings Illinois and our schools closer to being provided much needed federal funds to improve our state's education system," said Senator Burris. "This award would help ensure that schools throughout the state are provided the resources they need so students in the classroom can receive the first-rate education they deserve."
The finalists chosen today will travel to Washington during the week of August 9 to present their plans to the peer reviewers who scored their applications. After the state's presentations and an extended question-and-answer period, the peer reviewers will finalize their scores and comments.
'Race to the Top' is a $4.35 billion competitive grant program funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that aims to inspire education reform and increase student success throughout the country.