Race to the Top http://michiganradio.org en EAA schools miss out on Race to the Top award http://michiganradio.org/post/eaa-schools-miss-out-race-top-award <p>Michigan's new statewide district for low-performing schools was not a winner in a national competition to share a $400 million prize.&nbsp;<br><br>The&nbsp; Education Achievement Authority was launched just this year in an effort to turn around 15 of the state's lowest-performing schools -- all of them in Detroit. &nbsp;<br><br>So it came as a surprise to Sandra York when the EAA was named a finalist in the federal government's&nbsp; Race to the Top competition.<br><br>York is executive director of the Michigan PTA.<br> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:41:22 +0000 Rina Miller 10342 at http://michiganradio.org EAA schools miss out on Race to the Top award 9 states win "Race to the Top" grants, Michigan not among winners http://michiganradio.org/post/9-states-win-race-top-grants-michigan-not-among-winners <p><strong>Update 1:10 p.m.</strong></p><p>The official announcement was made this morning. From a U.S. Department of Education <a href="http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/we-cant-wait-nine-states-awarded-race-top-early-learning-challenge-grants-awards">press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Today, the White House announced that nine states&mdash;California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington&mdash;will receive grant awards from the $500 million Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge fund...</p><p>&quot;In a matter of months, early education and child development experts throughout the country, together with state and local leaders, worked to build comprehensive plans for expanding access to high-quality early learning,&quot; said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. &quot;All applicants showed tremendous dedication and drive to build stronger foundations and create greater opportunities for more children. Their work will help lead the way in ensuring excellent early learning and support for every child.&quot;</p></blockquote><p><strong>12:44 p.m.</strong></p><p>From the AP:</p><p>The Associated Press has learned that nine states will share $500 million in grant money to improve their early childhood programs.</p><p>An administration official says the winners to be announced Friday at the White House are California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington.</p><p>The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the winners had not been announced.</p><p>The competition is part of the Obama administration&#39;s cornerstone education initiative called &quot;Race to the Top.&quot; It has states competing for federal education dollars in exchange for changes it favors. Last year, it handed out $4 billion in such grants focused on K-12 education.</p><p>The goal of the early learning competition was to get more children from birth to age 5 ready for kindergarten. Fri, 16 Dec 2011 17:44:59 +0000 The Associated Press 5434 at http://michiganradio.org 9 states win "Race to the Top" grants, Michigan not among winners New federal funds likely to target early childhood education http://michiganradio.org/post/new-federal-funds-likely-target-early-childhood-education <p>Michigan and other states may soon compete against one another to try to win a new round of grants from the U.S. Department of Education.</p><p>Congress allotted another $700 million to <a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop/index.html">Race to the Top</a>, the education reform program where states compete for federal grants.</p> Tue, 10 May 2011 00:54:37 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2417 at http://michiganradio.org New federal funds likely to target early childhood education