In race for early childhood millions, Georgia was not at the top of fed’s list this time around

Georgia is not one of the states awarded a Race to the Top grant for early childhood education, despite its role as a pioneer in the field. The state had been hoping for a $70 million grant. The U.S. DOE will announce the winners later today, but states have already been notified.

 Georgia did not win a new Race to the Top program for early learning. (AJC file)

Georgia did not win a new Race to the Top program for early learning. (AJC file)

In a meeting in October here at the AJC, Bobby Cagle, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, said, “We are kind of an underdog. People don’t know what we have done here.”

One of those things, he said, was pioneer early learning standards. That apparently was not enough.

According to the AJC:

Georgia isn’t coming out a winner in the latest federal Race to the Top grant competition.

The White House is scheduled to announce today the winners of the latest Race to the Top grant competition aimed at early childhood education. And Georgia won’t be among them, said Bobby Cagle, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, the agency that would have been recipient of the grant.

“We just heard this morning that we did not get it, and that’s official,” Cagle said. North Carolina and Ohio are to be announced as winners in the category of states where Georgia was competing, he said.

Had Georgia been chosen it would have been eligible to receive up to $70 million over a four-year period.

UPDATE at 11 a.m. Here is the release from the feds about the winners:

Today, the White House announced that nine states – California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington — will receive grant awards from the $500 million Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge fund, a competitive grant program jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.

President Obama asked Congress in his budget to authorize and make permanent an Early Learning Challenge Fund in previous years. Unfortunately, Congress did not act on that proposal, so the Administration took action to ensure this program was funded this year through Race to the Top, because our kids only get one shot at a top-notch education and they cannot afford to wait.

“Education must be our national mission,” said President Barack Obama. “All of us must work to give all our children the best education possible.  And today, we’re acting to strengthen early childhood education to better prepare our youngest children for success in school and in life”

“In a matter of months, early education and child development experts throughout the country, together with state and local leaders, worked to build comprehensive plans for expanding access to high-quality early learning,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “All applicants showed tremendous dedication and drive to build stronger foundations and create greater opportunities for more children. Their work will help lead the way in ensuring excellent early learning and support for every child.”

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

77 comments Add your comment

Roach

December 16th, 2011
10:17 am

Good! Dodged a bullet. The grant-writers won’t get their bonus, but this is a win for everyone else connected to Georgia’s eduactional system. These grants are nothing but trouble, and only distract from the central educational mission.

MS Teacher wishing today were over with

December 16th, 2011
10:25 am

Thank goodness!

Pluto

December 16th, 2011
10:38 am

Of course Georgia did not make it. Georgia is a red state and the Obama taxpayer give-away sweepstakes does its level best to punish unacceptable behavior. Besides there really ain’t no money anyway.

Really amazed

December 16th, 2011
11:01 am

I thought last year Georgia was awarded RTTT funds?? This is the best news Georgia DOE could have received. More money has never helped correct GADOE only has made things worse! Now GA won’t have to adhere to more gov’t bs. Now if only the teachers could teach true subject not to the test. Georgia students will never truly know how to study or take notes because of all of this non teaching. Pluto does have this correct.

Tony

December 16th, 2011
11:07 am

This is good news for us, but it will probably mean PreK will face additional cuts this year. Our politicians had pinned their hopes on this grant application thinking they would be able to shore up the funding needs for our PreK program.

Georgia’s PreK had been an excellent model until the previous governor began whittling away at it. Then, the legislature and Gov. Deal made extreme cuts to the program last year. There is plenty of evidence of the positive effects of PreK for Georgia’s children. However, the feds do not need to interfere with states’ prek programs.

liberalefty

December 16th, 2011
11:18 am

since this is a red state i thought repubs hate education

Dr NO / Mr Sunshine

December 16th, 2011
11:21 am

This is wonderful news.

tekgirrl

December 16th, 2011
11:26 am

Educational excellence is not in the vocabulary of Georgia’s leadership today….it’s pay my buddies. Guess you will not receive that gift under you Xmas tree this year!

Beverly Fraud

December 16th, 2011
11:27 am

“In a matter of months, early education and child development experts throughout the country, together with state and local leaders, worked to build comprehensive plans for expanding access to high-quality early learning,”

Why does one get the feeling if these people were collectively put in charge of teaching fish how to swim they’d create 6 levels of bureaucracy, 7 models of “reform”, 8 forms of “authentic assessment” for teaching fish how to swim…and 9 years later a “position paper” lamenting the fact the fish are not being adequately prepared to swim in the 21st century, calling for millions of dollars to be invested in remediation?

Lee

December 16th, 2011
11:33 am

So, the bloated federal government confiscates the wealth of its citizens at the point of a gun and then doles it back out piecemeal as long as the recipients pay homage to the narcistic fools in Washington.

That clear it up for you?

@ Beverly Fraud

December 16th, 2011
11:35 am

Thank you for brightening my day. I love a good sarcastic vent. All you need to do now is put it to music.

tipster

December 16th, 2011
11:36 am

Beverly Fraud @ 11:27. One of the best comments I’ve ever read! Would be hilarious if it weren’t so sadly true.

Beverly Fraud

December 16th, 2011
11:38 am

“Would be hilarious if it weren’t so sadly true.”

So true we better ask Maureen to delete it, lest anyone get any ideas.

Cobb Parent

December 16th, 2011
11:48 am

As much as I do not want the federal government overly involved in local education, I do wish the “local” education would get the money it needs for pre-k education. We need to write our local politicians – state, county, city – about sufficient taxes to fund a good pre-k program. We need to be willing to be taxed locally to provide good education. Are the studies wrong that show pre-k is important in preparing kids of school?

Dr. John Trotter

December 16th, 2011
12:05 pm

North Carolina and Ohio are considered battleground states for the upcoming election. I am surprised that Pennsylvania and Florida were not also awarded money. Perhaps they didn’t apply. Ha!

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Dr. John Trotter

December 16th, 2011
12:25 pm

@ Bev: You are too much! Keep up the blogging! It adds spice to the blog! Maureen, let Beverly Fraud be Beverly Fraud, ok? Ha! I take it as a compliment that some people have accused me of being Beverly Fraud. I am not. I am not that talented. Bev has a funny way of seeing reality and putting it into words. I guffaw when I read his or her comments! Maureen, you have a good and lively blog!

Hey folks, have a great weekend!

P. S. I saw Earl of Ft. Liquordale at the Boca Raton Evangelistic Diamonds Swap and Shop meeting at the Boca Raton Hilton. (Earl and the Mrs. were staying in their camper out back in the parking lot, but they had gone to the Boca Raton Hilton to see Earl’s cousin, Elvis the Evangelist.) Earl asked me to tell you, Bev, that he thoroughly enjoys your posts — when the Mrs. allows him to look at the blog! Why was I there? I was there to attend the National Conference on the Call for Discipline in our Schools. Only three attended, including me. Next door in the other large ballroom, however, there was a conference entitled, “How to Keep Teachers Accountable for the Lack of Performance from Lazy and Defiant Students.” It was packed out, especially with educrats from all over the country sent to this meeting with all expenses paid. I heard some conferees in the lobby talking about hanging out at The Clevelander on Ocean Drive in South Beach that night. One crisply dressed (with cuff links and suspenders) young educrat stated to others: “Heck, my school system is paying for everything! I’m gonna take advantage of it!”

Dr. John Trotter

December 16th, 2011
12:27 pm

@ Bev: You are too much! Keep up the blogging! It adds spice to the blog! Maureen, let Beverly Fraud be Beverly Fraud, ok? Ha! I take it as a compliment that some people have accused me of being Beverly Fraud. I am not. I am not that talented. Bev has a funny way of seeing reality and putting it into words. I guffaw when I read his or her comments! Maureen, you have a good and lively blog!

Hey folks, have a great weekend!

P. S. I saw Earl of Ft. Liquordale at the Boca Raton Evangelistic Diamonds Swap and Shop meeting at the Boca Raton Hilton. (Earl and the Mrs. were staying in their camper out back in the parking lot, but they had gone to the Boca Raton Hilton to see Earl’s cousin, Elvis the Evangelist.) Earl asked me to tell you, Bev, that he thoroughly enjoys your posts — when the Mrs. allows him to look at the blog! Why was I there? I was there to attend the National Conference on the Call for Discipline in our Schools. Only three attended, including me. Next door in the other large ballroom, however, there was a conference entitled, “How to Keep Teachers Accountable for the Lack of Performance from Lazy and Defiant Students.” It was packed out, especially with educrats from all over the country sent to this meeting with all expenses paid. I heard some conferees in the lobby talking about hanging out at The Clevelander on Ocean Drive in South Beach that night. One crisply dressed (with cuff links and suspenders) young educrat stated to others: “Heck, my school system is paying for everything! I’m gonna take advantage of it!”

Are you guys at the AJC trying to “moderate” Earl of Ft. Liquordale? Ha!

Ron

December 16th, 2011
12:28 pm

“Why does one get the feeling if these people were collectively put in charge of teaching fish how to swim they’d create 6 levels of bureaucracy, 7 models of “reform”, 8 forms of “authentic assessment” for teaching fish how to swim…and 9 years later a “position paper” lamenting the fact the fish are not being adequately prepared to swim in the 21st century, calling for millions of dollars to be invested in remediation?”

There’s just nothing to say to beat that!

Dr. John Trotter

December 16th, 2011
12:31 pm

Maureen, for some strange reason, my latest post keeps getting held up by Mr. Filter. It may be because I mentioned seeing Earl of Ft. Liquordale and the Mrs. down in Boca Raton recently. (Perhaps you guys at the AJC have “Earl of Fr. Liquordale” in the “moderation” mode and won’t let him out until you see what he says. He just wanted me to give a “shout out” to Beverly Fraud.)

I could talk like Donald Trump and say that “millions” are clamoring for a return of Earl. Ha! But, I wouldn’t want to mess up your weekend!

Ron

December 16th, 2011
12:33 pm

I work with “at-risk” kids in upper grades and I see the need for LOTS of early intervention. Pre-K may not statistically seem to make a difference, but I see a sizable difference in kids’ ability to learn, if not their motivation, when they had pre-k and/or Head Start. We can’t overcome all the challenges poverty or lack of parenting create, but those programs do help lay a foundation for learning that does make a difference later in a child’s life.

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Beverly Fraud

December 16th, 2011
1:51 pm

Now a debate moderated by Earl of Ft. Liquordale would be worth watching. Maybe Air Tran and the AJC can get together and fly up Earl and the Missus to Atlanta to moderate the next AJC education roundtable.

carlosgvv

December 16th, 2011
1:52 pm

Georgia is not only the underdog, we are the rock bottom dog. And, hey, we work at it!!!!

You Get What You Deserve

December 16th, 2011
1:52 pm

@Pluto December 16th, 2011 10:38 am – Of course Georgia did not make it. Georgia is a red state and the Obama taxpayer give-away sweepstakes does its level best to punish unacceptable behavior.

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If what you say is true – Georgia DOES NOT deserve anything.

It is not a punishment, however, its an “if you support me I will support you.”

Paulo977

December 16th, 2011
1:53 pm

Thank Heavens!!

Beverly Fraud

December 16th, 2011
1:58 pm

I’ve never understood why we constantly ridicule Georgia’s educational achievements, when they consistently rank in the top 50 states of the nation.

It just makes a mockery of education in Georgia. A veritable mockery, I tell you.

Paulo977

December 16th, 2011
1:59 pm

Ron …: but I see a sizable difference in kids’ ability to learn, if not their motivation,
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Wow what an attitude! Suggested reading
Baratz&Baratz 1970

Pluto

December 16th, 2011
2:00 pm

I never said Georgia DOES NOT deserve anything but I am not a real fan of political extortion either. Georgia deserves exactly what it gets with the leadership she has. Not getting the $$$ is a good thing.

Grob Hahn

December 16th, 2011
2:17 pm

They probably thought we’d just blow all the money on erasers.
Grobbbbbbbbbbbbbb

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

December 16th, 2011
2:37 pm

Between Beverly Fraud and Dr. JT, a good time was had by all- well, almost all.

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William Casey

December 16th, 2011
2:53 pm

I am writing a 2012 grant proposal entitled “How to Eliminate All Non-Teaching Positions in the Public Schools Except for the Lunch Ladies, Maintenance People and Bus Drivers.” I’ll donate my grant-winning bonus to MACE.

Top School

December 16th, 2011
2:54 pm

I email the WHITE HOUSE and the US SECRETARIES OFFICE monthly…

I think they’ve finally figured it out …someone KNOWS what’s really going on in Atlanta, Georgia.

I document and memorialize every contact I’ve made.

In a nutshell … on a national level…THEY KNOW there ARE TOO MANY SKELETONS IN SCHOOL HOUSE closets in Georgia…the documents and records don’t lie.

It’s too risking for Washington, DC to support ATLANTA GEORGIA…knowing this is where the CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT began. The TRUTH has been EXPOSED. . . OBAMA can’t risk the damage of more exposure involving Atlanta in an re-election campaign. He already gave BEVERLY HALL the Superintendent of the Year AWARD.

EXPOSURE of the rest of the truth about HIDDEN SEGREGATION in the big ATL. would surely damage his possibilities for re-election.

The TRUTH about APS: Retaliation still EXISTS as long as the LEADERSHIP has not been REPLACED.

The recorded FACTS DON’T LIE:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TopSchoolAtlanta?blend=1&ob=video-mustangbase

Top School

December 16th, 2011
3:02 pm

@ Dr. Trotter and @ Beverly Fraud…

As long as you are entertaining and NOT SPELLING OUT the TRUTH…your posts are not censored.
Most of all…don’t question the BUCKHEAD side of this…and you will continue to be ALLOWED TO POST.

http://www.facebook.com/TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta

Beverly Fraud

December 16th, 2011
3:10 pm

One would think, with all that has happened in APS with the cheating scandal, and the documented corporate culture of retaliation, if you have someone willing to speak on the record like Top School, the AJC might have done at least one interview with him.

There does appear to be a story here, to say the least.

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Top School

December 16th, 2011
3:38 pm

North Carolina…
Because they have the model systems…EQUAL SCHOOLS and EQUAL OPPORTUNITY…

ATLANTA is SEGREGATED and a minority LEADERSHIP hides the SEGREGATION.

The OZ behind the Atlanta curtain has been exposed…and WASHINGTON DC …has been properly informed. ATLANTA and GEORGIA is an embarassment to the entire country. AND if ALL of the TRUTH is exposed about the additional hidden secrets of segregation under a MINORITY LEADERSHIP …

ATLANTA birth of the CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT is a disgrace to the WORLD.
sEE the foundation…and the OBAMA administration is doing all that it can to keep the US Education SHIP from totally sinking.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mbJhjCbwo8

NORTH CAROLINA is the only state in the south that ACTUALLY INTEGRATED their schools.
Proper investigation and the truth about GEORGIA’S SCHOOLS would shock the world.

Ed Johnson

December 16th, 2011
3:38 pm

“The White House is scheduled to announce today the winners of the latest Race to the Top grant competition ….”

Gosh, this just makes my heart and soul hurt. Not the winners and losers per se; rather, we’ve a president who creates winners and losers in education.

Top School

December 16th, 2011
3:47 pm

The AJC is owned, operated and funded by the 99% trying to keep all this out of the publics eye.

Beverly Fraud

December 16th, 2011
3:59 pm

“sEE the foundation…and the OBAMA administration is doing all that it can to keep the US Education SHIP from totally sinking.”

Top School…are you forgetting Obama sent Arne Duncan down here twice to prop up Beverly Hall politically, even AFTER it was apparent that the largest cheating scandal in United States educational history was unfolding?

Or that Obama still tried to name Beverly Hall to one of his major educational advisory boards?

As far as what’s WORST for children, doesn’t seem much different than Bush shilling for Rod Paige and the Houston “Miracle”

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double

December 16th, 2011
6:05 pm

whew! I thought we had lost first place with Bank Failures.

TW

December 16th, 2011
6:55 pm

Kinda odd for a state so anti-handout to get on its knees in front of Obama like this.

Guess when you turn FOX off and put money where your mouth is, Georgia is just another hypocritical welfare state of the south.

Good thing people in GA are so stupid, or those elected would have to lead…lol…

Top School

December 16th, 2011
7:56 pm

Oh Maureen’s back… there goes that censor button again…MODERATION…
too much of the TRUTH will get your posts deleted.

Last 3 posts censored. Oh my…they are on my facebook page.

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Rick

December 16th, 2011
8:55 pm

Pluto,

You make yourself look ignorant. Georgia has been awarded the grant in prior years. Not so long, ago in fact, per a Governor’s Office release: “Georgia Wins Race to the Top

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 Contact: Office of Communications 404-651-7774

ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue today announced that Georgia was selected as a winner by the U.S. Department of Education for the second round of “Race to the Top” grants. The state is projected to receive $400 million over four years to implement its plan.”

my personal computer

December 16th, 2011
9:27 pm

Pam Adamson wants anyone who disagrees with her or who does not support Heatley off the board. Her motives are clearly racist. She is very rude, condescending, and demeaning.