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More Race to the Top Finalists Announced (from edweek)

More Race to the Top Finalists Announced (from edweek)

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Posted by edweek's guest blogger Sean Cavanagh

UPDATE: Here's the final, confirmed list of winners. The department has also released the dollar amount each state is slated to receive, and their point score:

District of Columbia: $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

The U.S. Department of Education confirmed the 10 winners of the second round of the Race to the Top competition late this morning as the news trickled out state by state from members of Congress, who were notified first.

Eighteen states, plus the District of Columbia, had been finalists for the remaining $3.4 billion in federal funds in the Race to the Top program—money that the administration hopes will transform education across the country.

The 10 awards are expected to each be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Just two states, Delaware and Tennessee, won money in the first round of the competition earlier this year.

We'll have more on the winners—and on the states the didn't make the cut—shortly at Politics K-12.

From Edweek

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Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer
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So RTTT was announced..what's next and what does this mean for education?

I'd love to see if anyone's studying the effects of this rewards-based system on those states that don't make the cut..

Randy Pelton's picture

I am not convinced that RTTT is going to improve education in this country. The model is still largely based on the free-market approach to education. I think the notion that free-market principles are the solution to the problems schools face is a dubious one at best. RTTT strikes me as nothing more than a repackaged form of No Child Left Behind, a program that has not delivered on the promises that were made.

Joe Nathan, Director, Center for School Change, Macalester College's picture

Race to the Top can mean expansion of schools like Minnesota New Country, which has been featured in Edutopia. A cooperative in which the majority of people on its governing board are teachers who work in the school, MNCS and schools it has helped create around the US use project based approaches and a variety of applied assessments.
MNCS is an example of how some educators are using the power to create chartered public schools to establish wonderful programs for youngsters and schools that make sense to educators.

Dave Wheeler's picture

Each school is a unique community with it's own individual strengths, challenges, opportunities to excel,and barriers to excellence. We are for the most part giving the same ineffective administrators more funding to the the very things they should have been doing with the other billions of dollars they have been given. How much money has been spent on data systems all ready and how do the increase the capacity of the building level administrators to better educate the children in their schools? Charter schools. Does the label "Charter" insure success? I'm thinking any school that is free of many of the bureaucratic federal, state, or local regulations and has the autonomy to design and tailor their instructional system to meet the needs of the children and communities they serve could achieve better results.

I think the key metric in any school reform process should be to see a dramatic increase in funding at the school level. You know, where the students and teachers are!

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