Fla. back on track with Race to the Top

Florida Education
Posted at 10:08 AM, Feb 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-01 05:18:40-05

MIAMI (AP) - U.S. Department of Education officials say Florida is back on track after falling behind on implementing its $700 million Race to the Top Grant.

A report released Friday by the federal government concludes the state has regained its momentum in carrying out an ambitious education reform agenda.

Ninety-eight percent of the grant funds are being budgeted for contracts The Department of Education had put Florida on warning for not issuing them in a timely manner last year.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says Florida has made encouraging progress and he wants to see accelerated growth in the next two years.

The Race to the Top grant is aimed at improving student achievement, turning around low performing schools and providing better professional development for teachers.