California's State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said yesterday that the state would continue its efforts to improve student achievement and will seek federal funding through Phase 2 of the "Race to the Top" competition to support this work.
California failed to participate in the first phase competition.
"California is still in the 'Race to the Top,'" O'Connell said. "(The state) remains focused on finding ways to more effectively prepare all students for success in college and careers."
In Phase 2, O'Connell said his office will work with key districts and their communities that are committed to implement systemic changes that produce results for students locally.
"At stake is as much as $700 million in federal funds to propel these key education reforms," O'Connell said. "It will take an intensive and creative effort to meet the time frame before us."
"This is an important opportunity to improve our ability to close the achievement gap and prepare all students for success in the competitive global economy," he added. "In that spirit and with the assurances of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that our application would receive due consideration, we will try again."
Applications for the second round of 'Race to the Top' funding are due June 1.