Issue Brief 11-44
December 28, 2011

On December 23, 2011, the Department of Education (ED) announced awards under the third phase of Race to the Top (RTT) grants to states. The phase three notice followed ED’s announcement of the federal fiscal year (FY) 2011 RTT-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) awards for enhanced early learning education. This Issue Brief provides background on the RTT program and state funding levels provided under the three RTT phases and RTT-ELC.