Statement of Education Committee Chair Suzi Openheimer On Announcement That New York Is Finalist For Federal "Race To The Top" Funds

March 04, 2010

I am gratified that the Obama administration has named New York as one of 16 finalists in the federal Race to the Top competition.  New York has long been a model of innovation and creativity in education and I fully expected our application to be competitive.  I want to take this opportunity to thank President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan for championing the cause of education reform and recognizing the steps New York has taken to better prepare our students for success in the global marketplace.  I look forward to the next phase of the competition and will continue to look for ways that we can enrich the educational experience of all our schoolchildren.