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Grilling Over How Race to the Top Funds Were Spent in Delaware

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Delaware Education Secretary Mark Murphy got a grilling by lawmakers yesterday.

It came over his bid for $7.5 million to sustain the federal Race to the Top grant that runs out this year.

Several lawmakers complained to Murphy that too much of the federal funds went to bureaucracy and too little to helping out teachers in the classroom.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the lawmakers questioned whether the state’s resources might not be better spent somewhere else.

Especially, they added, when the state budget was so tight.

Delaware was one of the first states to get the federal funds from the Department of Education for a total of $119 million in education initiatives.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.