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Kean & Allen Gratified New Jersey Will Apply for Education Grants

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen, members of the Senate Education Committee, issued the following statement regarding the State Department of Education’s decision to apply for federal “Race to the Top” education grants.

“I am pleased that Commissioner Davy has decided to apply for $200 million to $400 million in federal education grants,” Kean began. “Her initiative in applying for these funds will positively impact student performance for many years to come. Additionally, these funds will be vitally important to property taxpayers over the next several months.”

The “Race to the Top” program is a $4.35 billion fund created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The program is the largest competitive education grant program in U.S. history. The Race to the Top Fund is designed to provide incentives to States to implement large-scale, system-changing reforms that result in improved student achievement, narrow achievement gaps and increase college enrollment and graduation rates.

“We understand that this application process for these funds is very complex and time consuming,” Allen continued. “I hope that the current administration includes the incoming administration in discussions concerning the grant proposal. My colleagues and I stand ready to offer Commissioner Davy any assistance we can provide during the development of the grant proposal.”

The Federal Department of Education (DOE) is offering a technical assistance workshop in Washington, D.C. on December 10. This is the second of two workshops being offered by the DOE.

A link to the program can be found here: http://www.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop/index.html

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