URGENT: We need to comment on the Department of Education’s Blog Site! Race to the top District Competition Criteria Announced
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced criteria for a new Race to the Top District grant, which will award $400 million to school districts. No early learning component is required.
If we unite in posting comments to the Department of Education blog site
, we might be able to change that! There is no way that $400 million should be allocated to districts for reform – to reduce the achievement gap, strengthen student performance, and increase graduation rates, without also including an early learning proposal. Comment on the Department of Education blog site today! The deadline for public comment is Friday, June 8.
It’s easy. At a minimum, the message is:
It’s great that the Department of Education is going to allocate $400 million to districts for school reform – to reduce the achievement gap, strengthen student performance, and increase the high school graduation rate. However, each district plan ought to include early learning – not just pre-kindergarten programs, but child care programs – where the majority of children with working parents spend their days. As long as child care remains in a separate silo, we can’t make real progress on school readiness. And, school readiness is the key to school performance.