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Monday, March 29, 2010

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Race to the Top

“My congratulations go out to both Delaware and Tennessee, the official winners of Phase 1 of the Race to the Top competition. With only two winners announced in this initial round of funding and $3.4 billion still on the table, Florida’s race is far from over.

“I remain encouraged and excited about the opportunities still ahead of us and I am supremely thankful for the support from our parents, business leaders, legislators, and other education stakeholders who made our initial effort so formidable. I am confident that with your continued support, the feedback from our first application, and the possibilities contained in ongoing legislative efforts, we will be in a very strong position to win this next phase.”