9 states win ‘Race to the Top’ contest for childhood education funds

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9 states win ‘Race to the Top’ contest for childhood education funds
News from Washington Post:

WASHINGTON — Nine states will share $ 500 million in grant money won in a high-profile competition intended to jump-start improvements in often-overlooked early childhood programs, The Associated Press has learned.

The winners to be announced Friday at the White House are California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington, according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the winners had not been officially announced.

The money to aid the nation’s youngest learners is part of the Obama administration’s cornerstone education initiative — the “Race to the Top” grant competition — which has states competing for federal dollars to create programs that make schools more effective. Last year, it handed out $ 4 billion in similar grants focused on K-12 education.

The goal of this competition is to get more children from birth to age 5 ready for kindergarten. Thirt…………… continues on Washington Post

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Evans High School Fails AYP
News from WJBF-TV:

A new report shows that nearly half of America’s public schools didn’t meet federal achievements standards this year. The largest failure since the “No Child Left Behind” law took effect a decade ago.

The Center on Education Policy’s report shows that more than 43,000 schools didn’t make adequate yearly progress or AYP, including some schools right here in the CSRA.

Graduation rates are just one way to measure how your child’s school is doing from year to year.

Out of the 10 high schools in Richmond County, only 2 made the grade. That’s down from 3 last year.

In Columbia County, all but 1 high school met AYP.

We wanted to know what school leaders are doing to make sure your child’s education is up to speed when it comes to reaching the benchmarks that their teachers are required to meet.

Columbia County school leaders have a school improvement plan to increase high school graduation rates. This comes after Evans High School felt short…………… continues on WJBF-TV

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