Hawaii still on "Race to the Top" high risk status

HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education is keeping Hawaii on "high risk" status for failing to carry out education reforms it promised in return for receiving a $75 million grant from the federal government.

Deputy Education Secretary Ann Whalen told Gov. Neil Abercrombie in a letter Friday that Hawaii has taken recent actions in the right direction to address a number of concerns the department had.

But she says most of these activities have been preliminary.

The department last year told Hawaii it was failing to satisfactorily implement reforms. It placed the state on "high risk status" and warned Hawaii it could lose the grant money if it didn't improve.

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