US Department of Education en NC Wins Race To The Top - Again <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 DPI To Seek Waiver From 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="">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