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ADVISORY: Race to the Top – What Have We Learned So Far?

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Contact: Katie Peters
Phone: 202.741.6285

Washington, D.C. — On Monday, March 26, the Center for American Progress will host a conversation with Race to the Top experts who grapple with the challenges of implementation and its implications on a daily basis.

With $4.35 billion at stake the Obama administration’s Race to the Top competitive grant program may be its most significant education initiative. Race to the Top promised to help states and districts close achievement gaps and get more students to be college and career ready by supporting several key reform strategies. Eleven states and the District of Columbia won grants in 2010, and since then there has been much debate about the impact of the initiative.

We will launch the conversation with a new report by CAP Senior Fellow Ulrich Boser that examines the progress in states and provides a sense of early successes and failures. We will expand on the discussion with a panel of distinguished policy and state leaders.

Welcoming remarks
Tom Perriello, Counselor for Policy at the Center for American Progress and President of the CAP Action Fund

Featured presenter:
Ulrich Boser
, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Featured panelists:
Francine Lawrence, Executive Vice President, American Federation of Teachers
Lillian M. Lowery
, Secretary of Education, Delaware
Joanne Weiss
, Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Education

Cynthia G. Brown
, Vice President for Education Policy, Center for American Progress

March 26, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

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For more information, please contact Katie Peters at or 202.243.8616.


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