Maryland's efforts to reel in up to $260 million in federal stimulus money aimed at education reform received a setback this week.
The state did not get a competitive grant from the nonprofit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help put together an application for the stimulus money, according to Maryland State Department of Education spokesman Bill Reinhard. The $4 billion in Race to the Top education money is the largest pot of federal money ever dedicated to education reform, and it is expected to spur states to make significant changes.
Maryland has been slower than other states in positioning itself to be competitive in applying for the stimulus money. While other states have passed legislation that removed roadblocks to getting the money or put in new regulations, Maryland did little in public.