SC advances in Race to the Top education funding

South Carolina has gained ground in the Race to the Top competition. That is for a part of $4 billion of stimulus money to be awarded to states for education reform.
Thursday, the Department of Education announced that 15 states and the District of Columbia will advance as finalists for phase 1 of the Race to the Top competition. One of those is South Carolina.
According to the Department of Education, Race to the Top competitors had to document past education reform successes, as well as outline plans to extend reforms using college and career-ready standards and assessments; build a workforce of highly effective educators; create educational data systems to support student achievement; and turn around their lowest-performing schools.
The finalists go to Washington, DC in mid-March to present their proposals to the panel of education peers who initially reviewed their applications in depth
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says -“We are setting a high bar and we anticipate very few winners in phase 1.” He will announce the winners in April.