January 26th, 2010

Race To The Top Podcast: Pennsylvania And Delaware

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Pennsylvania and Delaware are competing to win a share of the 4.35 billion dollar federal education grant, Race to the Top. But one of them may have an advantage. In fact, of the 41 applications that were submitted to the Department of Education on January 19th, 25 were completed with help from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which gave selected states as much as $250,000 to hire consultants. (Full disclosure: Learning Matters receives funding from the Gates Foundation.)

Whether the additional funding will produce a better application remains to be seen. When winners are announced in April, many will be curious to learn who got help and who did not.

This video is part of our series covering the Race to the Top. Watch all related videos and listen to more podcasts here.

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The education system in Iowa is also discussing issues in Iowa. The President of the Sioux City Community School District said in a guess blog for the Siouxland Chamber, “This is the kind of misguided decision process that costs all of us time, money, and a great deal of frustration. I appeal to the Governor and the Department of Education to apply sound principles of good government by allowing public discussion of these important issues, so that all interested parties can have a stake and a belief in these policies that we will all have to work under to improve our schools.” To read more visit http://siouxlandchamberblog.com/

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