Governor Steve Beshear released this statement about today’s Race to the Top announcement.

While we are disappointed that Kentucky did not win an award in the second round of Race to the Top funding, we are confident that the steps we are taking in education will significantly improve the education experience for Kentucky’s students.  The fact that Kentucky was named a finalist twice for these funds speaks to the success of the combined efforts of my office, the Department of Education (KDE) and the General Assembly.

Catch that? “…we are confident that the steps we are taking in education will significantly improve the education experience…”

Well, that’s part of the point of Race for the Top. States push reforms to apply for the money, and even if they don’t get grants, the reforms are in place. But as Marketplace reported last month, those changes may not stick in some cash-strapped states:

Secretary Duncan says states aren’t going to roll back the reforms they promised just because they didn’t get any money. But some cash-strapped states will have no choice.

Jennifer Cohen analyzes education policy at the New America Foundation.

JENNIFER COHEN: Following through on the reforms that they proposed in their Race to the Top applications may be impossible.

Secretary Duncan says, never fear. He’s got other education grants to dole out, at least this year. Next year, may be different. Congress is in a budget-cutting mood.

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