U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded Ohio's inclusion in the federal "Race to the Top" program. The program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, awards Recovery Act funds to schools that measurably improve their quality of education.
"By including Ohio in the Race to the Top program, the U.S. Department of Education is providing a mark of confidence to the hardworking teachers, school administrators, and parents who work day in and day out to make Ohio schools some of the best in the country," said Brown. "These critical Recovery Act funds will not only improve our education system for today's students, but lay the groundwork to provide a world-class education to future Ohioans. I applaud Governor Strickland and his administration-in addition to Superintendent Deb Delisle and the State Board of Education-for putting together a strong application for the program and working tirelessly to improve our state's schools."
More than 530 Ohio school districts signed on to the state's application for funding. In January, Brown wrote to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan urging that Ohio's application be given strong consideration.
"Ohio has commenced its new biennium with a comprehensive education reform plan," Brown wrote. "Funding provided through the Race to the Top program would accelerate the state's existing agenda to strategically address gaps in delivering a highly effective learning experience to all students." The same month, Ohio's education system was rated the fifth-best in the nation by Education Week, the state's highest rating yet from the publication.