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July 7, 2011

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July 22, 2011

Department Officials Meet with Florida Representatives to Learn About Progress Made in Implementing Race to the Top Plan

A team of leaders from the U.S. Department of Education’s Implementation and Support Unit (ISU) travelled to Tallahassee to meet with representatives from the Florida’s Race to the Top team today for an on-site program review.

July 19, 2011

Three States and D.C. Receive Funding to Turn Around Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that three states and the District of Columbia will receive funding to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. The funds are part of $546 million available to states for the SIG program in fiscal year 2010.

June 30, 2011

Maine to Receive $2 Million to Turn Around Its Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that Maine will receive $2 million to turn around its persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. The funds are part of $546 million available to states for the School Improvement Grant program in fiscal year 2010.

July 1, 2011

Obama Administration Announces Proposed Requirements for Race to the Top-Early Learning Grants

The Obama Administration published today proposed competition criteria for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, and invited public input through 5 p.m. EDT on Monday July, 11 2011.

May 26, 2011

Five States Receive Funding to Turn Around Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that five states will receive funding to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.
The funds are part of $546 million available to states for the SIG program in fiscal year 2010. In fiscal year 2009, states received a total of $3.5 billion for the SIG program.

May 25, 2011

Obama Administration Announces $500 Million for Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a new $500 million state-level grant competition, the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge.

May 12, 2011

Statement from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Illinois Education Bill

"Illinois has done something truly remarkable, and every state committed to education reform should take notice. Business, unions, educators, advocates and elected officials all came together around a plan that puts children ahead of adults and paves the way for meaningful education reform.