$600 million for education innovation and reform. That’s the prize for Delaware and Tennessee, the first states to win shares from the $4 billion set aside for Race to the Top.
It may be a lonely winners' circle, but the Department of Education held to tough standards to set the bar high for other states that will follow.
How’d these states come out on top? "Duncan praised Delaware and Tennessee as committed to reaching all of their school districts with programs designed to turn around struggling schools and install meaningful teacher evaluation systems linked to student achievement,” reports the Washington Post.