Today, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) acknowledged the progress that the State of Hawai'i has made in its Race to the Top plan. The DOE also informed Governor Neil Abercrombie that Hawai'i has met the Scope of Work and budget conditions and will therefore remove Hawai'i from cost reimbursement status.
In light of this news, Governor Abercrombie released the following statement:
"In our conversation yesterday, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan acknowledged that Hawai'i is making good progress on our Race to the Top plans. As a result he will remove cost reimbursement restrictions, which had been in effect.
"I remain in close contact with Secretary Duncan to keep him personally informed of our commitment and continued progress.
"That includes the recent action by the State of Hawai'i Board of Education to finalize statewide educational policies establishing the framework for performance management of principals and teacher evaluations. We believe that this focus on our children and student performance are key elements in establishing success.
"We appreciate the U.S. Department of Education's investment in Hawai'i. We will continue to press forward on these reforms with the objective of ending the high risk status currently under review."