MEMPHIS, TN – U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today said an “impressive statewide effort” is responsible for Tennessee being awarded $500 million in grant funding to improve schools as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top competition. Tennessee and Delaware were selected from among 16 finalists to receive grants for implementing comprehensive education reforms under Phase 1 of the competition.
“I congratulated Governor Bredesen this morning, and thanked him for the impressive statewide effort that he, our legislature, and our educators put forth to secure Tennessee’s success in Race to the Top,” Corker said. “While I couldn’t support the trillion dollar stimulus bill that funded the competition, I am hopeful the education reforms Tennessee is implementing will improve outcomes.”