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Race to the Top Winners Announced

Ian Scott on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 11:47:15 am

Yesterday the Department of Education announced winners for phase 2 of the Race to the Top program.  Nine states, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, plus the District of Columbia will split $4.35 billion in Federal grants to enhance K-12 education.  First round winners Tennessee and Delaware split $600 million in March.  The program was funded by the economic stimulus package. In all, 46 states and DC have applied for Race to the Top funding.

To meet funding eligibility requirements, states have had to quickly implement education reform policies including: promoting charter schools, including student achievement in teacher evaluation and compensation, and adopting uniform standards for reading and math competency.  Many of the reform measures have put states at odds with their teacher's unions.

The Department of Education has requested $1.35 billion in funding for a third round of Race to the Top in next year's federal budget. 

Learn more about the Race to the Top program:

US Chamber Institute for Competitive Workforce - webpage includes a program time-line and links to applications from winners and finalists.

Department of Education - Race to the Top Fund - in-depth information about the program including rules, guidelines, FAQs, video and audio, ect.

News coverage from NPR.org

Read Opinions about Race to the Top:

Pro - A Quite Revolution, David Brooks

Con - The problem with ‘Race to the Top’ is the race, Diana Senechal

Mixed - Race to the Top: A sprint when we need a marathon, Matt Miller

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