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Race To The Top Round 3: Seven States Share $200 Million

Lost in the holiday shuffle of news stories about Kmart layaway angels was an early holiday gift for seven states from the U.S. Department of Education.

Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania share $200 million in Race to the Top Round 3 for programs aimed at boosting K-12 achievement. (Education Week’s Politics K-12 blog has a nice summary of how the states plan to spend the money.)

“These seven states are now among 22 Race to the Top winners spread out across the country that are investing in key education reforms to prepare more students for college and careers,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a Dec. 23 press release. “Race to the Top has been a pivotal program that has generated more progress in improving our nation’s education system over the last three years than we’ve seen over the last decade. We look forward to partnering with these states to continue this important work.”

But it was something further down in the press release that caught my attention. There were nine states eligible for the grants this time around, having been finalists (but not winners) in the previous rounds, with $4 billion was awarded. However South Carolina opted not to apply for Round 3, and California submitted an incomplete application.

I’d like to know more about how (and why) California’s application was incomplete. So far I haven’t found a really thorough explanation. If you spot a news story about this issue, would you send it my way?



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