Alabama Gov. Bob Riley says he will learn later this week if the state is a finalist to receive a share of $4.3 billion in federal Race to the Top education stimulus funds.
Riley and other governors were told Monday in a conference call with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan that finalists for the first round of the education funding competition would be announced later this week.
Riley says he believes the state would have a better chance to win some of the money if it had charter schools. But he hopes education innovations in Alabama in recent years will be enough for the state to win a portion of the funds.
Both the state House and Senate have voted down the governor's charter school bills.