WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House announced today that nine states will receive federal money from the $500 million Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge fund, but New Jersey isn’t among the winners.
California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington will receive awards from the competitive grant program jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.
Thirty-five states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico applied for funding under the program, creating plans to increase access to high-quality programs for children from low-income families, providing more children from birth to age 5 with a strong foundation they need for success in school and beyond.
“A strong educational system is critical not just for our children but also for our nation’s economic future,” said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. “The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge takes a holistic approach to early education, promotes innovation, and focuses on what it takes to help put young children on the path of learning, opportunity, and success.”
Assembly Education Committee Chairman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D-Middlesex) released a statement blaming the Christie Administration for New Jersey’s failure to win Race To The Top funds.
“This is yet another lost opportunity for New Jersey’s children,” he said. “The Christie Administration simply has to do a better job. Hopefully, they finally realize that all stakeholders must be involved in future applications. Political ideology should never trump the educational needs of New Jersey’s children.”
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