By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
HONOLULU (AP) - A new report by an education policy think-tank echoes the U.S. Department of Education's concern about progress by Hawaii schools on promised Race to the Top reforms.
The Center for American Progress report was released Monday, a day before four federal officials visit Hawaii to examine the state's Race to the Top progress. State education officials have been warned a $75 million grant could be taken away.
The report is a state-by-state evaluation of Race to the Top performance. The report says Hawaii and Florida are two states that aren't meeting expectations. It also highlights how Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was reportedly "surprised and upset" when Hawaii was selected as a winner.
Ulrich Boser, the report's author, says many will be paying attention to what happens with Hawaii's grant.