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Fri December 16, 2011
9 states win "Race to the Top" grants, Michigan not among winners
Update 1:10 p.m.
The official announcement was made this morning. From a U.S. Department of Education press release:
Today, the White House announced that nine states—California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington—will receive grant awards from the $500 million Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge fund...
"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," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "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."
From the AP:
The Associated Press has learned that nine states will share $500 million in grant money to improve their early childhood programs.
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.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the winners had not been announced.
The competition is part of the Obama administration's cornerstone education initiative called "Race to the Top." 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.
The goal of the early learning competition was to get more children from birth to age 5 ready for kindergarten.