Race to the Top Loses All Funding in ‘Cromnibus’

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Personally I’m not a fan of huge spending bills of any type.  That said, Valarie Strauss pointed out the silver lining for me, when she reported that Race to the Top lost all its funding in 2015.

In fiscal year 2014, Race to the Top was given $250 million, according to this legislation summary, for competitive awards to states to develop or grow early childhood programs for children from low- and moderate-income families.  Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal included $300 million for a proposed “Race to the Top-Equity and Opportunity.” While Race to the Top gets no funding in the 2015 omnibus bill, the administration’s Preschool Development Grants program gets $250 million for 2015.

The House and Senate congressional summaries of education-related funding in the 2015 omnibus bill highlight different things. The Republican-led House notes that Race to the Top is being eliminated, while the Senate version doesn’t mention it. And while the Senate version notes the $250 million for Preschool Development Funds, the House version says that “the bill does not include the creation of a new account to fund preschool grants.”

Granted the damage from Race to the Top has already been done, and who knows how the Preschool Development funds will be distributed and decided, I am happy to see the funding gone.

3 thoughts on “Race to the Top Loses All Funding in ‘Cromnibus’

  1. The actual funds is less important than the “promise” of the funds. It is the opportunity to apply that spurs states to make change. The work (aka damage) has already been done k-12. The focus is now on preschool, and the carrot needs to move to the 0-5 realm. And based on that promise $$, states will begin the process of transforming education for preschoolers, in order to privatize. First, they will begin with poor minority children, and them move to universal pre-k, another corporate/government marriage in the making.

  2. Doesn’t it make better sense to see that all high school graduates can be efficient in the things their future children should know by pre school time. My kids could read and write as well as spell do simple math and were taken to the park and other places to play with other kids . Seems to me too many people coming out of high school who will one day be parents should be teaching these basics as parents of yesteryear did…Just sayin……….

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