ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has applied for a new round of federal education grants.

Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Education submitted its Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge application this week.

Minnesota is seeking to leverage up to $45 million in federal funds to support the state’s early learning initiatives.

The Obama administration’s Early Learning Challenge is the third round of its “Race to the Top” state competition, which passed out nearly $4 billion in federal education money last year.

The new competition is designed to encourage better coordination, clearer learning standards and increased access to early learning programs for low-income children.

The U.S. Department of Education is slated to award the latest grants by the end of the year.

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Comments (2)
  1. Jim H says:


    Quoted from Representative Mindy Greiling’s newsletter…

    “The truth is that Minnesota lost out on the first round of Race to the Top because reviewers said the plan submitted by the state lacked clarity, did not have demonstrable support from the state teacher’s union, nor did it have a clear strategy to develop high-quality educators or to close the achievement gap that persists between students of color and students who are economically disadvantaged and their white counterparts. Our application was sloppily prepared and partially unreadable, despite the fact that the Minnesota Department of Education spent five hundred thousand dollars in private grants to pay an outside consultant to write it. In fact, we did not just miss by a few points, we were number twenty on the list, behind states like Tennessee, Florida and Georgia.”

    My question. Are we seeking retribution for the poor work and has this consultant been removed from consideration for further state work? More wasted dollars in a poor economic time. It is immaterial that the money was from grants. Wasted money ultimately results in grants not being provided.

  2. Jim H says:

    Apparently no one within the State department of Education is qualified to prepare this request, resulting in the tremendous expense of using an outside vendor.

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