Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee
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TENNESSEE ONE OF ONLY TWO STATES TO WIN RACE TO THE TOP GRANT

Mar 30, 2010
Press Release

March 29, 2010

"This is great news for Tennessee."

NASHVILLE - Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05) praised today's announcement that Tennessee has been chosen as one of only two Race to the Top grant winners. Tennessee was awarded approximately $500 million to implement their comprehensive school reform plan over the next four years. 

"This is great news for Tennessee," said Cooper. "Governor Bredesen made education a top priority and rallied the entire state behind these reforms. Our state legislature and the Congressional delegation stepped up to the plate and took full advantage of this opportunity to put our schools on the path of success."

Tennessee's award of $500 million is double the amount initially suggested by the Department of Education for a state its size. Delaware, the other state chosen for RTTT funding, was awarded approximately $100 million. Tennessee and Delaware were the only states chosen out of the 16 finalists announced earlier this month.

Today's award comes on the back of last week's announcement that $255 million in additional Recovery Act money will be heading to the state to provide funding for more than 3,700 education jobs. Prior to today's Race to the Top announcement, Tennessee had already received $1.57 billion in Recovery Act funding.