State Misses Federal Funding Mark

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Illinois Loses in First Round of Race to the Top Grant
Statehouse News:  After months of planning and grabbing a spot as a
Race to
the Top finalist, Illinois on Monday was not chosen as a winner in the
national grant program for education reform. Illinois misses out in federal school cash dash Sun
Times:  Deficit-ridden Illinois schools missed out on a
windfall Monday when Delaware and Tennessee won millions of dollars in
federal "Race to the Top" funds to improve education.Illinois Not Among Race to the Top Winners
WBEZ: Illinois is not a
winner in the competition for extra federal education dollars--at least
not this time around. Illinois loses out in Race to the Top's first round
Catalyst:  That leaves nearly $3.4 billion for what
officials hope to be a spirited second round of vetting in June. More Changes Likely as Illinois Tries Again for Ed
Funds
WBEZ: Education leaders want to make the state more
competitive in the
next round of the federal Race to the Top contest. [See scoresheets here (PDF) and judges comments here (PDF).]

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  • Koch was a Blagoevich appointee. But unfortunately, Quinn has kept him on. There are so many people who could have done a better choice. Coming from SE, Koch is a typical bureaucrat, no vision, no plan, no nothing. It was a disappointment when he was apponted and it is a disappointment that he is still there. Pathetic.

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