ALBANY - State Education Department Commissioner John King expressed concern Tuesday that hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid are now in jeopardy.
"Certainly disappointed because we thought we'd be further along in the evaluation process," King said.
This came after a stern rebuke from the federal government that New York has not kept its promises to get Race to the Top funds.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a report "New York has a chance to be a national leader, or a laggard," and that "backtracking on reform commitments could cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars.
"He's right. We made a set of commitment in our Race to the Top application. I was there for the interview. We made some promises. He's going to hold us to those promises. That's the right thing to do. The right thing for the administration to do," King added.