Michigan is seeking $70 million in federal grant money for early childhood education.
The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/nhsOyP) that Michigan's "Race to the Top" application puts it in the running with 34 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for
a share of the $500 million program. Winners will be announced in December.
The state's application says that "the potential to fundamentally alter the lives of a generation of children is at hand" if Michigan gets the money.
The grant program challenges states to create "comprehensive plans to transform early learning systems." Awards are expected to range from about $50 million up to $100 million.