Sunday August 19, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the education commissioner will provide an update on the state’s use of federal Race to the Top funding in the initiative’s first two years.

Chafee and Commissioner Deborah Gist will brief members of the Race to the Top steering committee on the $75-million award. Rhode Island was one of 11 states and the District of Columbia to receive money in the program’s first round of competitive grants.

In December, Rhode Island won an additional four-year, $50 million Race to the Top grant to bolster early education.

The briefing is scheduled for Monday afternoon at the steering committee’s quarterly meet ing at the Providence headquarters of the Rhode Island Foundation.

First-year accomplishments include teacher training in new "common core" state standards, development of a teacher and principal evaluation system and launch of a coaching program for first-year teachers.

In year two, the state planned to focus on developing model curriculums in math and language arts, continue training in state standards and begin rolling out the evaluation process.

The $4.35 billion Race to the Top program is the Obama ad ministration’s signature school reform effort. Rhode Island is one of 11 states and the District of Columbia to win the competitive grant.


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