CHICAGO – July 27, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement regarding Illinois’ selection as a finalist for the second phase of the U.S. Department of Education’s ‘Race to the Top’ competition.
“A top-notch education for all Illinois students is our number one priority, and we are in a great position to take full advantage of the federal funding available through Race to the Top,” said Governor Quinn. “Today’s announcement puts us another step closer to securing this important federal education funding. In the midst of these tough economic times, we are working harder than ever before to bring federal money home to Illinois.”
‘Race to the Top’ is a $4.35 billion competitive grant program funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). ‘Race to the Top’ aims to drive education reform and boost student success, principles to which Illinois is deeply committed. States are evaluated based on their commitment to enhancing standards and assessments; improving data collection and use; strengthening teacher and administrator effectiveness; and turning around struggling schools.