6 States to Share $280 Million in Latest Race to the Top Awards

By Bolkan, Joshua | T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education), January 2014 | Go to article overview

6 States to Share $280 Million in Latest Race to the Top Awards


Bolkan, Joshua, T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)


The United States Department of Education has chosen six states to receive Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grants in the third round of funding for the initiative.

The states, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont, join 14 others as RTT-ELC grant recipients and will share in $280 milion in funding disbursed over four years. The money will be distributed among the winners according to their proposed plans and the number of children younger than 6 from low-income families. The awards range from $36.9 million to Vermont to $51.7 million to Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

In Michigan, plans for the money include building "an early learning data system that provides anonymous and aggregated information on children across departments and programs and allows us to assess programs' value to parents and children," among other uses, according to an overview of the state's grant proposal.

All states in this round will be implementing kindergarten entry assessments and "tiered quality rating and improvement systems to promote school readiness" as those were "absolute" priorities for grant proposals in this round. …

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