US Department of Education http://wunc.org en NC Wins Race To The Top - Again http://wunc.org/post/nc-wins-race-top-again-0 <p>North Carolina has won $70 million more in the federal government’s Race To The Top grant competition. The second award will go to early childhood education.</p><p>North Carolina is one of only 6 repeat winners. The U.S. Department of Education made the announcement this morning. North Carolina’s total grant award from Race to the Top is now around $470 million.</p><p>The latest grant will go to funding improvements to early childhood programs for at-risk kids. It will also be used to improve student and teacher assessments.</p> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 22:05:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 7082 at http://wunc.org DPI To Seek Waiver From Feds http://wunc.org/post/dpi-seek-waiver-feds <p>North Carolina will be one of the states seeking a waiver from the Department of Education, exempting it from parts of No Child Left Behind. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/08/08/139088702/obama-administration-will-override-key-component-of-no-child-left-behind">announced this week</a> that he will allow some states to opt out of the controversial education law.</p><p>State Superintendent June Atkinson says educators have become increasingly unhappy with No Child Left Behind's all-or-nothing system of judging schools.</p> Tue, 09 Aug 2011 09:05:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 8250 at http://wunc.org