Natomas Doesn’t Make Race To The Funding Cut

The Natomas Unified School District and the rest of the state will not benefit from the first round of President Obama’s education funding.

The Race to the Top Fund provides competitive grants to encourage and reward States that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform. The U.S. Department of Education today released the list of finalists – California was not among them.

The Natomas school district submitted an application for Race to the Top funds in hopes of receiving some of the grant money. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson expressed his disappointment California did not make the first cut.

“Looking ahead to round two of the competition, it is clear that we need to act much more boldly,” said Johnson in a written statement. “We must commit to put the needs of children ahead of adult interests. When we take the significant steps to be truly competitive, California children will be the winners.”

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