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NC uses most of federal education grant funds

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina has used most of the $400 million federal Race to the Top education grant the state won three years ago to upgrade technology, revamp teacher training, and change teacher and principal evaluations.

But the News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/1aiNLRV ) that some of the state's goals for broad improvements in student performance have fallen short.

In 2010, North Carolina secured $400 million to advance public education through technology, teacher training and evaluation, changes in classroom standards, and a focus on low-performing schools.

By the end of next summer, the state will have about $25 million left, partly because some goals weren't reached.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson said students are learning more than ever before. Atkinson says shortfalls come from application writers being "too aspirational."

Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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