Statement from Governor Martin O'Malley on Maryland's Selection as a 'Race to the Top' Winner
ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 24, 2010) –Governor Martin O’Malley issued this statement today, following the announcement by the U.S. Department of Education that Maryland is among 10 winners in President Obama’s “Race to the Top” grant initiative, bringing up to $250 million in education investments to Maryland’s public schools:
“I want to congratulate the students, teachers, and administrators of Maryland’s public schools for demonstrating that among the 50 states, Maryland does indeed stand at the top. We are honored to have been selected as a winner of this prestigious competition.
“While our participation in the federal ‘Race to the Top’ initiative culminated today with the receipt of up to $250 million in education investments, this process has always been part of a long-term strategic policy initiative aimed at reforming Maryland’s public schools and ensuring every child receives the world-class education they deserve. Maryland remains the nation’s number one public school system and it’s our goal to continue implementing strategic reforms, allowing our students to not only compete with their peers across the nation, but to be globally competitive as well.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to advance these reforms with the assistance of federal investments from President Obama and the U.S. Department of Education.”