Governor Linda Lingle today applauded the collaborative efforts of education and community partners that resulted in Hawaiâ€˜i being named a Race to the Top grant winner. The U.S. Department of Education made the announcement this morning that Hawaiâ€˜i is among 10 states and the District of Columbia in the competitionâ€™s second round of grant awards.
Hawaiâ€˜i will receive $75 million to implement comprehensive initiatives to reform the stateâ€™s public education system to improve student achievement.
â€œWe are extremely pleased and proud that the U.S. Department of Education has approved Hawaiâ€˜iâ€™s Race to the Top application,â€ said Governor Lingle. â€œWith the Race to the Top funding and the support of the U.S. Department of Education, Hawaiâ€˜i has a tremendous opportunity to make the systemic changes needed to raise performance in the classroom so students are prepared for college and their careers,â€ said Governor Lingle.
â€œGetting to this point would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the Hawaiâ€˜i Department of Education â€“ under the leadership of interim Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi â€“ the Board of Education, the community and my Administration,â€ the Governor said.
â€œSecuring this grant is just a stepping stone. We will now begin the hard work of implementing our education reform plan, which includes a common core curriculum tied to a new on-line state test while tracking student progress and rewarding teachers by linking 50 percent of their evaluation to student achievement. I am especially excited about our pledge to have 100 percent of high school graduates ready for a career and college without the need for post secondary remediation programs,â€ the Governor added.