(MCCLATCHYDC) — The Department of Education notified Georgia on Tuesday that it plans to withdraw $9.9 million of the state’s $400 million Race to the Top education grant because the state has reneged on an agreement to base teacher and principal pay on performance evaluations.

In a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal, the department said it was notifying the state it would begin procedures to withhold the funds unless the state quickly show it will go back to the compensation plan it agreed to when it applied for the grant.

Federal education officials often have said they would be “tight on goals and loose on means” with Race to the Top grants. That meant states would have flexibility in how they implemented the changes they agreed to undertake in exchange for funds.

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