clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

RttT finalists out Thursday – but not PA?

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

UPDATE: Pennsylvania is one of the finalists. Local leaders shared their reactions.

Well, Thursday is the day that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will announce the ten finalists for the coveted Race to the Top pot of gold at 2:30 p.m. States will be notified several hours earlier. Five of these states soon will be chosen as the first round of awardees.

Handicapping by reporters and bloggers for Education Week who are covering the process closely have concluded that Pennsylvania, one of the 40 states that applied, did not make the cut. But there will be a second round of competition for what’s left of the $3.5 billion pot later this year.

Their money is on Florida, Louisiana, Illinois, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Colorado, Indiana, and Minnesota.

Pennsylvania Department of Education spokesman Michael Race was not ready to throw in the towel.

"It’s all speculation," he said. "Until we hear an announcement from the Obama administration, nobody knows who will be a finalist or get the money." Philadelphia could benefit to the tune of more than $100 million if Pennsylvania wins.

Watch this space.

The COVID-19 outbreak is changing our daily reality

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to providing the information families and educators need, but this kind of work isn't possible without your help.

Connect with your community

Find upcoming Philadelphia events

Sign up for the newsletter Chalkbeat Philadelphia

Sign up for our newsletter.