Cross-posted from Politics K-12:
Six states—Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont—will share $280 million from the Race to the Top early-learning challenge, the U.S. Department of Education said today.
With these third-round winners, the number of states now working on plans to revamp early education is 20.
This latest round of Race to the Top is funded by a larger $500 million allocation from Congress. The Education Department split off $120 million for a second district-level competition, in which five winners were announced earlier this week. And, they gave six previous winners an additional $89 million.
In 2011, nine states shared $500 million: California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Washington.
In 2012, five more states split $133 million: Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Early Years blog.