Race to the Top 2012 Competition: Continued Investment in States, New Investment in Districts

Apr 10, 2012

By Stephanie Schmit

Late yesterday, the Department of Education together with the Department of Health and Human Services announced the details of another round of the Race to the Top competition.

The new funds will be awarded in two stages. First, states that narrowly missed the cut in the 2011 Early Learning Challenge competition will be invited to apply for $133 million of the $550 total 2012 appropriation. These five states include Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin. They will each be eligible to apply for up to 50 percent of last year's potential award amount.

Additional dollars from the 2012 appropriation will be used to run a new competition where districts will compete. Further information regarding the details of this competition is expected to be available later in the spring.

The Department will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register in the near future with the full details of this proposal.

Learn more about the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge on CLASP's Race to the Top page.

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