New Ky. education commissioner to seek grant

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The state's education commissioner says he
plans to seek federal money for school reform.

Newly hired Commissioner Terry Holliday told the Kentucky Board
of Education on Wednesday that winning a competitive federal grant
through the $4.35 billion "Race to the Top Fund" is his first
priority.

President Barack Obama unveiled the program last month. Funds
will be given to states that propose ways to raise academic
standards, adopt common student assessment tests and improve
teacher quality.

Holliday told The Courier-Journal that his goal is for Kentucky
to receive as much as $200 million.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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