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Georgia Race to the Top funds threatened by changes

3:12 PM, Jul 4, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia could lose $33 million of its $400 million Race to the Top school grant because of proposed changes to a new evaluation system for principals and teachers.

The U.S. Department of Education sent a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal saying the funds dedicated to the program are "at high risk." The agency has asked the state to address its concerns by Aug. 1 and suggested monthly status reports on its progress.

Hawaii is the only other state to receive such a warning of the dozen that were awarded Race to the Top grants. Federal officials expressed concerns that the state is proposing changes before it finds out how well the proposed new evaluations worked. They were tried in 26 districts between January and May.

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