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Hawaii among 25 states to miss first cut in education federal funding

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fifteen states and the District of Columbia made the first cut in a competition for federal funding for education.

But Hawaii, was not one of them.

Forty states and the Washington, DC are vying for a piece of the president's $4 billion school reform contest. All were required to submit plans for education reform, to qualify for an award.

Hawaii is vying for up to $75 million.

Governor Linda Lingle released a statement saying:

"During the next two months Hawaii will need to demonstrate we are serious about meeting the criteria set forth in the Race to the Top application. These criteria include implementing a performance-based evaluation and compensation system for teachers and principals; eliminating statutory, financial and policy barriers to the growth of quality charter schools; and making a firm commitment to increasing student achievement, particularly in math and English."

All states that did not make the first cut, including Hawaii, are being asked to resubmit their plans by June.

The finalists are:

  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Washington, DC
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee


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