It’s a good day for Michelle Rhee. Just one day after the school year began, DC and nine other states (Maryland included) have been named winners of the Department of Education’s Race to the Top grants. The grants will disperse roughly $3.4 billion to the winners, though no word yet on how much DC will specifically receive.
Winners were chosen based on their commitment to school reform. This was demonstrated through the creation of tools to measure students’ success, preparation of students for college and the workplace, hiring and retaining effective teachers, and improvement of poorly performing schools.
Other winners in this round of competition included Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island. This is the second round of winners for Race to the Top, which was created in 2009 by economic stimulus funds.