Hawaii Race to the Top: 'Not Out of the Woods Yet'

Hawaii Department of Education

Hawaii's "high risk" status stays, but the state can spend its remaining Race to the Top cash more freely again.

That's what the U.S. Department of Education had to say Friday in its highly anticipated announcement about the grant based on a federal team's recent review of the state's progress in implementing promised education reform measures.

"If we put it on a pass-fail system, it's a pass," House Education Chair Roy Takumi said. "If we put it on a grade system it's a C or a C-minus, but we're not flunking."

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