The Race to the Top winners were finally announced by the Education Department today. The Race to the Top winners were selected from states around the country, all submitting bids to try to improve their state’s education system. The “Race to the Top” is a new program under the Obama administration that is intended to reward states that are trying to innovate their educational systems. Through an application process, states were trying to prove that they were not only the most deserving of funds in this program, but that they had the best ideas ready to be put in place. Today, the 10 winning bids were announced.
The 10 winning bids in the “Race to the Top” were from the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island. Those 10 bids will now receive a portion of the $3.4 billion that was set aside to fund education for the winners of this program, and it should go a long way toward helping out the winners. The unfortunate side to a program like this is that there were also quite a few losing bids that won’t receive much-needed funding around the country. It’s a program with tough application procedures, so some might be very frustrated with the outcome.
During the first round of the “Race to the Top,” Tennessee and Delaware won grants, taking home winning bids earlier in the process. Some of the funding is going to be based on the size of the state, with exact figures still being released. The maximum that the larger states can receive is $700 million in this program, which, according to CNN, is New York and Florida. CNN also reported that smaller areas, like Hawaii, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia, will be limited to just $75 million through these grants. $75 million will still go a long ways in the program.
The Race to the Top winners will of course find this program much more valuable than the states that didn’t come away with any money from the program. What it does do, though, is provide funds to the states that have put together the best process to not only improve their educational system, but to ensure that the funds are being used correctly over the span of the program. This could go a long way to improving education around the country, and, though the idea might have a few bumps along the way, the innovation behind the “Race to the Top” could also make this an extremely beneficial endeavor.
The 2010 Race to the Top Winners
The District of Columbia