‘Race to the Top’ Education Funds Awarded Washington, D.C. and 9 other States

The administration awarded $3.4 billion to nine states and Washington, D.C. in a national competition to encourage school reform that spurred far-reaching changes in many cash-starved states.

The awards unveiled yesterday are part of the administration’s $4.35 billion “Race to the Top” competition, launched last year, a program that set in motion a national effort to tie teacher evaluations to student achievement, increase the number of charter schools and overhaul low-performing schools.

The aim:

To reward ambitious changes to improve schools (K-12 education) and close the achievement gap. The competition instigated a wave of reforms across the country, as states passed new teacher accountability policies and lifted caps on charter schools to boost their chances of winning.

For background on the Race to the Top initiative, check out NewsHour Education Correspondent John Merrow’s coverage as well as NewsHour Extra’s story .

FloridaGeorgiaHawaiiMassachusetts, MarylandNew YorkNorth CarolinaOhio, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C., will receive grants from $75 million to $700 million each.

Here’s  dollar amount each state is slated to receive, and their point score:

  • Washington, D.C.: $75 million. Score: 450.0
  • Florida: $700 million. Score: 452.4
  • Georgia: $400 million. Score: 446.4
  • Hawaii: $75 million. Score: 462.4
  • Maryland: $250 million. Score: 450.0
  • Massachusetts: $250 million. Score: 471.0
  • New York: $700 million. Score: 464.8
  • North Carolina: $400 million. Score: 441.6
  • Ohio: $400 million. Score: 440.8
  • Rhode Island: $75 million. Score: 451.2

A number of states that did not win the competition still plan to proceed with the reforms they had proposed, though they acknowledged change would take place at a slower pace.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

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