Today in History: Race to the Top

| July 25, 2018

180723_News_219x365Announced on July 25, 2009 by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Race to the Top was a $4.35 billion grant for K-12 education reform to strengthen teaching and learning. It was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and sought several goals: develop rigorous standards and better assessments; adopt better data systems to provide schools, teachers, and parents with information about student progress; support teachers and school leaders to become more effective; and increase emphasis and resources for the rigorous interventions needed to turn around the lowest-performing schools. Florida and New York received the highest awards of $700 million, followed by Georgia, North Carolina, and Ohio, earning $400 million each.

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