[caption id="attachment_67405" align="alignleft" width="215" caption="A new federal program aims to close the early learning achievement gap."][/caption]

States can qualify for grants up to $100 million under a new federal grant program for early learning.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) released more details July 1 on the Early Learning Challenge, the third round of the Obama administration's Race to the Top state education competition. The new competition was announced in May.

Requirements to win the money include tracking students to ensure they are ready for kindergarten and expanding access to more...

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