Category Archives: Race to the Top

35 states and Puerto Rico have applied for grants under the new $250 million Preschool Development Grants program

On October 27, 2014, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced that 35 states and Puerto Rico have applied for grants under the new $250 million Preschool Development Grants program. By significantly … Continue reading

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RTT-ELC: Program Spotlight and Technical Assistance

ED and HHS are pleased to release a new resource on Kindergarten Entry Assessments in Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge States. Under their Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grants, States are revising existing … Continue reading

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ED Releases Preschool Development Grants

The U.S. Department of Education recently released applications for the Preschool Development Grants competition. There are two types of grants. Development Grants that will will support states with either small or no state preschool programs to implement and sustain high-quality … Continue reading

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31 Finalists for $120 Million Race to the Top – District Competition

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced that 31 applications were selected as finalists for the Race to the Top-District competition. This program provides nearly $120 million to support locally developed plans improve student learning, increase student success and … Continue reading

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States Invited to Apply for Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge; $280 Million to Be Awarded

Improving early learning opportunities for children has been a noted priority of President Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  Last week, the Department took another step to support young children when it released the application for the second … Continue reading

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Do Standardized Tests and Newly Developed Standards Improve Education? Poll shows Americans aren’t convinced

 The 45th annual PDK/Gallup Poll collected data from over 1000 Americans ages 18+  regarding the approach to improving the educational system of America and the results showed a clear divide between policy makers and ordinary American citizens. The poll showed … Continue reading

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Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge Grants Awarded to Five More States

Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois, Oregon and Wisconsin were all awarded grants under the Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge grant program which will split $133 million among the winning states who demonstrated innovative plans to improve quality and expand … Continue reading

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Does Obama’s Win Signal Changes for Education in Second Term?

Last night’s election results – which secured wins for President Obama, Senate democrats and House republicans – have us all speculating what the next four years will hold for education policy issues.  Here are a few initial observations: Education Funding … Continue reading

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Election Day is In 53 Days, First Debate in 3 Weeks; Get Ready with CEC’s Guide to this Presidential Election

Election Day is in only 53 days – that’s less than 2 months! In the meantime, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to learn more about the candidates, their platforms and their visions for America and education. The … Continue reading

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Nearly 900 Districts Intend to Apply for the Race to the Top District Grant Competition

Almost 900 districts have submitted their intent to apply for the Race to the Top districts grants, which will provide in total $400 million to local school districts that are making strives to personalize learning, close achievement gaps and prepare … Continue reading

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