Kentucky has been awarded $17 million in federal Race to the Top funding for public education. Kentucky originally requested $175 million from the U.S. Department of Education. Officials say while the $17 million award is substantially less, it’s still appreciated. Kentucky Department of Education spokeswoman Lisa Gross says some of the money will be used… Continue reading Kentucky Receives $17 Million in Federal Funding for Education Programs
From the Associated Press Kentucky education officials say they are excited about being awarded $17 million in federal “Race to the Top” funding to improve K-12 programs. Although the award was less than requested, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the funding will be used to implement initiatives including new assessments for public schools, more rigorous… Continue reading Kentucky Awarded “Race to the Top” Funds
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) expects to hear this week whether the state will be awarded a Race to the Top consolation grant. KDE learned last week that it will not receive any of the $500 million of federal funding for early childhood education. Kentucky is now one of seven states, which have failed… Continue reading Kentucky Tries Again For Race To The Top Grant
Kentucky will not receive any of the $500 million available from the federal Race to the Top program for early childhood education. Thirty-five states and two territories applied for the grant earlier this year and nine finalists were announced Friday, Kentucky not among them.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has taken steps to apply for federal education grants from the Race to the Top program. The commonwealth is eligible for a portion of the $500 million that will be made available later this year. Like the previous round of Race to the Top grants, states must put together lengthy applications… Continue reading Kentucky Moves Forward With Race to the Top Application
Kentucky will once again compete for federal Race to the Top dollars for education. The money is part of an effort to funnel $500 million in early learning programs. Grants of $50 to $100 million will be awarded later this year, and today, state officials announced they will apply for funds. The state previously changed… Continue reading Kentucky to Seek More Race to the Top Dollars
Over the last two years, many states changed their education policies to better compete for federal stimulus dollars through the Race to the Top program. The Center on Education Policy says many states have been slow to improve school assessments, though education standards have been raised in many states.
But without stimulus dollars to apply for, CEP president Jack Jennings says lawmakers may give up on education reform. That, he says, would be a mistake.
When the second round’s ten winners were announced, Kentucky was not on the list. “We got zero points for charter schools, so we were at a 32 point deficit even before the judging began,” said state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.
In March, Tennessee and Delaware were awarded a total of $600 million for education improvements. Now, school districts in nine more states and the District of Columbia will share another $3.4 billion. Apparently, Kentucky’s application for federal funding was lacking one vital component.
Kentucky received encouraging news this week regarding its second bid for federal Race to the Top dollars. But some say the state’s application still may be lacking in one key area.