New Hampshire was not one of the 19 finalists chosen to potentially receive Race to the Top (RTTT) funds. While this is disappointing we appreciate the superintendents, teachers, school boards, legislature, and all of the key stakeholders who helped prepare the grant and offer their support during this process. NH will benefit from this process of collaboratively creating a comprehensive strategic plan and we will be seeking support from other sources and reform programs to raise standards, improve teaching, use data more effectively to support student learning, and turn around underperforming schools. We have received notice that NH is a recipient of a Charter Grant, thanks to the legislature lifting the moratorium on creating charter schools. We are awaiting the amount of the award from the US Department of Education.
NH will receive feedback regarding the RTTT grant proposal. The areas of concern will undoubtedly focus on state-wide systems that center on teacher and leader effectiveness and student achievement. The Commissioner is working closely with stakeholders to develop a plan for NH.
Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia applied for the second round of Race to the Top. Including the 36 applications for the second round of Race to the Top, a total of 46 states and the District of Columbia applied for either the first or second rounds – or both.
The 19 finalists are: Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.
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