Today, Congressman Scott Murphy (NY-20) released the following statement after news that New York State will receive millions of dollars in Department of Education "Race to the Top" funding:
"This is great news for New York State schools and students, who needed these resources to be prepared to compete in an increasingly global economy. More importantly, this program has leveraged funding to ensure that New York State makes the necessary education reforms to ensure that students will receive the highest quality education. I am confident that this funding, and the reforms already undertaken by New York, will go a long way in our efforts to prepare our students to succeed in the new innovation economy."
Congressman Murphy has been incredibly active in pushing for the Department of Education to award New York State with "Race to the Top" funding in both the first and second rounds of awards.
Murphy has worked with all of the school districts in the 20th Congressional District to ensure that they were prepared to receive "Race to the Top" funding, and had taken the steps necessary to bolster the state's application. Additionally, Murphy worked with teachers and the New York State Department of Education to encourage them to come to an agreement to be eligible for second round funding.
According to the Department of Education, Race to the Top funds can be used in four specific areas:
* Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy;
* Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction;
* Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most; and
* Turning around our lowest-achieving schools.