MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is not a finalist for "Race to
the Top" education grants from the federal government.
The U.S. Department of Education named 16 finalists Thursday in
the competition for $4.35 billion in school reform grants.
Alabama was one of 41 applicants in the first round and the
winners will be chosen in April. A second round of applications
will be accepted in June.
Gov. Bob Riley said he was disappointed but not surprised by the
news, which means Alabama won't have a chance to get $181 million.
He had been urging legislators to pass a bill to allow charter
schools. That would have given Alabama a better chance in the
competition, which gave states higher marks for innovation.
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