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Report: Md., D.C. stumbled in school reform

WASHINGTON — Federal officials say schools in Georgia, Maryland and the District of Columbia have stumbled in making progress under the Obama administration’s Race to the Top grants.

The Washington Post reports the Education Department flagged the three jurisdictions Thursday in a progress report on states that received $4 billion in grants. The states are in the third year of the four-year grants.

None of the grantees have been ordered to return funds. But Georgia has been moved into a “high risk” category, in part for struggles implementing a new teacher-evaluation system.

Officials say the greatest failure in D.C. was it moved to improve only one of 13 low-performing schools. Maryland has had difficulties hiring staff to run data systems aimed at improving instruction and in developing a new teacher-evaluation system.

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