Georgia will not get 70 million in federal grant dollars officials hoped to use to improve early childhood education. The state had hoped to win a portion of the latest federal Race to the Top funding focused on early learning, but was not among nine states chosen for the grants.
Georgia is applying for more federal "Race to the Top" money, this time for early learning. The Obama administration announced in May that states could compete for part of $500 million aimed at encouraging better coordination and clearer learning standards for early education programs. It's the third round of the U.S. Department of Education's "Race to the Top" competition.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan says part of a $400 million federal grant won by Georgia last year cannot go to help keep the doors open at a handful of charter schools affected by a court ruling. Duncan spoke Wednesday via satellite during the National Charter Schools Conference in Atlanta. He told the audience that the "Race to the Top" grant money is earmarked for other programs.
Teachers in 26 Georgia school districts soon will be paid based on how well their students do on standardized tests. The merit-pay plan is part of the $400 million Race to the Top federal grant awarded last summer to Georgia.
NPR education reporters Larry Abramson and Claudio Sanchez discuss the past year in education — and what's to come in 2011. Among stories to look out for in the new year are the political repercussions from failure to pass the DREAM act, the slow start for Race to the Top (President Obama's version of No Child Left Behind) and funding cuts in local school districts.
The Georgia Department of Education is sending in a final plan for its Race to the Top federal money today. School districts across Georgia have worked on budget plans and now the state will submit all but one of them to the federal government. These plans map out how the 26 districts will use the $400 million dollars.
Savannah-Chatham County school officials say, they expect some push-back because of new school reform ideas being considered as part of the federal Race to the Top program. Under that program, the public schools in Chatham County would get about $13 to turn-around under-performing schools and get students up to their reading levels. But the aim is to change public education. And that could ruffle some feathers.