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Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 8:32am

Deal Reverses Course On Race To The Top

Hours after saying he would reject "Race to the Top" money for schools, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal reversed course and said he would keep the federal funds.

At a candidate forum Tuesday morning, Deal said he would decline the federal funds because accepting them would require the state to sign on to a standardized classroom curriculum.

Later in the day, his spokesman Brian Robinson corrected Deal's position.

"He's not too proud to say that he was wrong. In this case it appears that Race to the Top would not impose a national curriculum."

Opponent Karen Handel told business leaders at Tuesday's forum she would accept the money if Georgia made the cut.

If selected, Georgia could receive up to $400 million aimed at closing the achievement gap and turning around the state's lowest performing schools.