Can’t win if you don’t play. …

Connecticut is one of 35 states taking another stab at a federal $4 billion RTTT education jackpot.  US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says 10-15 could ultimately “win” a piece of the $4.3 billion education money. Last time around, Connecticut finished toward the bottom of the pack but has since strengthened education laws and have gotten more school districts and local union leaders to sign on. Will it be enough. Stay tuned.

The US Department of Ed plans to spend the summer reviewing applications, then will identify finalists and inivte them to D.C. to make in-person presenations. “Winners are…” envelopes get ripped open at the end of September. Vying with Connecticut are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin• 

Linda Lambeck