Jones County will not go forward with 'Race to the Top' grant. School officials say it comes with too many strings attached. Superintendent says paying teachers for student performance goes against their philosophy.
The U.S. Education Department says Georgia, eight other states and the District of Columbia will receive money in the second round of the $4.35 billion "Race to the Top" school reform grant competition.
Georgia is a finalist in the "Race to the Top," a federal incentive for education reform. The state is one of 19 finalists the U.S. Department of Education has chosen for the second round of the federal grants. U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan says not all finalists will make the cut. Only two states were awarded the grants in the first Race to the Top round. Georgia came in third.