Obama Administration to Expand Race to the Top Funding

On the same day as the first deadline for states to apply for Race to the Top grants, President Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, visited Graham Road Elementary in Fairfax County, Virginia to announce their proposal for a $1.35 billion expansion of the grant program in this year’s budget. The President stated that this expansion will allow local school districts to apply for funds.

Forty states and the District of Columbia met the deadline for the first round of funding yesterday. States that did not apply, and states that do not receive grants in the first round, will be able to compete in the second round of competition, which is set for June.

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