Tag Archives: Race to the Top

Thin-skinned DPI official complains about N&O article

Folks at the NC Department of Public Instruction are used to receiving unwavering support from the mainstream media.  When they don’t, they complain publicly. At today’s NC State Board of Education meeting, Race to the Top director Adam Levinson complained about a December 30 News & Observer article titled, “Race to the Top spending hasn’tContinue Reading

Three NC districts are finalists for taxpayer money giveaway

Burke, Cabarrus, and Winston-Salem/Forsyth are finalists in the $120 million Race to the Top District (RTT-D) grant competition.  Last year, Guilford County Schools and Iredell-Statesville Schools received RTT-D grants of $29,999,985.84 and $19,999,703, respectively. RTT-D establishes a direct relationship between school districts and the federal government.  After all, dealing with state departments of education andContinue Reading

Two NC districts awarded Race to the Top-District grants

Sixteen districts, including Guilford County and Iredell-Statesville in North Carolina – will split a pot of $400 million in federal money. According to the U.S. Department of Education press release, districts will use the money “to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievementContinue Reading

NC districts apply for federal grant

The U.S. Department of Education has released a list of the school districts that have indicated an intent to compete for a federal Race to the Top grant. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction received a $400 million statewide Race to the Top grant in 2010.  This year, school districts may apply for aContinue Reading

CMS predicted to be in the running for federal grant

The Obama administration has launched a Race to the Top competition for school districts (RTT-D).  School districts will compete for $400 million in federal moola. Previously, only states could apply for Race to the Top (RttT) funds.  North Carolina received a four-year, $400 million RttT grant in 2010. Whiteboard Advisors, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting andContinue Reading

K-12 education in the State of the Union address

Let’s get right into it, shall we? First up are higher standards.  President Obama argued, For less than one percent of what our nation spends on education each year, we’ve convinced nearly every state in the country to raise their standards for teaching and learning— the first time that’s happened in a generation. Even thoughContinue Reading

NC wins federal pre-K grant

North Carolina is one of nine states that will share $500 million in federal funds for early learning.  Other winners include: California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington. Will this settle the NCGA/Perdue/Manning dispute over pre-kindergarten funding?

Spending (and not spending) Race to the Top money

Education Week reports that school officials in North Carolina are reshuffling the state’s $400 million federal Race to the Top grant. North Carolina says it needs more time and to devote more money—about $2.9 million more—to plan and implement a new “instructional improvement system” that aims to use technology and data to drive continuous academicContinue Reading