The big news of the day is that CO & LA didn’t win a RrrT grant.  Both were great applications, both strong on accountability and choice.  Both suffered from union opposition.  Duncan said in Denver Post op-ed, ‘bold over collaborative’. Guess the reviewers didn’t get the message.  No way OH had a better app.  NY had holes but some thoughtful plans.

Also worth noting that most of the winning states had lousy plans for online learning.

Here’s summary of CO plan and reaction.

EdWeek’s first post: 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.

Here’s more analysis from EdWeek


  1. […] 0 Many of the “reformers” out there are whining and fist-thumping about the surprise omission of Louisiana and Colorado as Race to the Top Winners. After all, Louisiana has been a heavy favorite from the outset of RttT, and Colorado… well Colorado took the amazingly bold leap of adopting legislation to mandate that a majority of teacher evaluation be based on value-added test scores. That’s got to count for something. Heck, these two states should have gotten the whole thing? Here’s Tom Vander Ark’s take on this huge surprise loss: […]


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