Federal officials announced last week that there will be a third round of funding for the Race to the Top program. Of the $700 million that will be awarded, $200 million will be used to improve k-12 education and $500 million will be awarded to states that plan to transform preschool programs and promote quality child-care.
The nine finalist states that did not win grants in the earlier rounds will be able to compete for the $200 million by resubmitting their applications. Pennsylvania has participated in the program’s two previous rounds and though it was a finalist, it was not one of the 12 states who were chosen to be funded.
The question now is whether Governor Corbett will submit any part of Pennsylvania’s original application in order to compete for the available federal dollars. In a Pittsburgh Tribute-Review article, the Corbett Administration stated that the Administration “was unsure whether the Commonwealth would apply for the new rounds of grants.” Again, the Governor wants to leave available funds on the table while implementing drastic education cuts that hurt our children and working families. Let us know what you think.