Hawaii to make "Race to the Top" pitch

HONOLULU (AP) - The state Department of Education continues its quest to obtain a federal "Race to the Top" school reform grant this week.

The department says a team from Hawaii will be Washington on Tuesday to present the merits of its education reform plans.

The members of the team include interim State Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, acting Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe and Hawaii State Teachers Association Executive Director Al Nagasako.

Last month, Hawaii was named a finalist in the second round of the national competition. The designation gave Hawaii a chance to receive a share of $3.4 billion in federal money.

The competition rewards ambitious reforms aimed at improving struggling schools and closing the achievement gap.

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