Federal Early Education Dollars on the Way

December 19, 2011

    Finally, some good news for Washington Schools. Amid threats of further state budget

cuts, it looks like a sizeable chunk of federal Race to the Top dollars are coming to the state. The highly

competitive grant splits $500 total between nine states to help improve early education programs.

/>    It is unclear at this point how much of this money will make its way to Chelan and Douglas

counties, but local educations officials are very excited all the same. Isaac Kaplan-Woolner has more.

/>    The Race to the Top grant competition is part of the Obama administration's cornerstone

education initiative. It has states competing for federal education dollars in exchange for changes it favors.

Last year, it handed out $4 billion in such grants focused on K-12 education.