A link to a fellow education blogger who has some interesting thoughts on the recent RTTT announcements, and some deeper questions as to how the decision could have been made. Below is the the list as it was posted today for the first round FINALIST.
Well the list is out as they say for RTTT:
Race to the Top Finalists Named
Today the United States Department of Education (USDoE) announced 15 states and the District of Columbia as finalists for the first round of the $4 billion Race to the Top (RTTT) competitive grant program. The 16 RTTT finalists are:
The District of Columbia
South Carolina and
All of the states chosen as first round finalists will be required send a team of up to five people to make a presentation in defense of their applications to the USDoE on the week of March 15th. Not all first round finalists will win first round funding. First round winners will be announced in early April.