Alexander Gives Credit to Tenn. Governor, Legislature, and Educators for Winning “Race to the Top”

Posted on March 29, 2010

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement regarding U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s announcement that Tennessee is a winner in the first phase of the Race to the Top grant competition which will provide the state with $500 million to implement comprehensive school reforms.

 

“Tennessee didn’t quite make the Final Four in basketball, but it made the Final Two in improving schools, which is more important. Governor Bredesen, the legislature and educators deserve credit for their leadership and vision.

 

“Secretary Duncan told me this morning that the Tennessee and Delaware applications were clearly the best two proposals according to objective scoring.

 

“I am opposed to increased funding for more-of-the-same in our schools, but strongly support ideas such as ‘Race to the Top’ that encourage excellence. I voted against the trillion-dollar stimulus package because it spent too much and there was no way to separate a good program such as ‘Race to the Top’ from a bad bill.”