On August 24, 2010, the U.S. Education Department announced that New York State will awarded $696, 646, 000 as one of ten winners in the second round of the Race to the Top competition.
Assemblymember Barbara M. Clark (D-District 33, Queens) stated the following in response to New York State’s win in the Race to the Top competition:
“New York State’s Race to the Top win is an important victory in helping to move education reform forward throughout the State. I would like to thank President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for recognizing our state’s commitment to innovative education reform. I would also like to commend my fellow legislators, the Board of Regents, leaders in the State Education Department and their staff, the Governor, and union leaders for their collaboration, dedication and hard work in making this opportunity possible for the children of New York.
As a legislator and a member of the Assembly Education Committee, I am honored to have been able to play a role in the events that led to the success of the Race to the Top application. I have been an advocate for improving educational opportunities for New York’s children throughout my career, and I have had the opportunity in the past to play a role in moving forward other victories in education reform such as the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. Winning Race to the Top will enable our state to move forward in achieving a comprehensive plan for reform that will benefit our children and the future of our state.”