The White House announced today that Washington is among nine states receiving money from the federal government for its preschool programs.
The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge is an offshoot of last year’s Race to the Top for K-12 education, in which Washington, despite piloting teacher evaluations and making other reforms, wasn’t among the 11 states chosen — in part because it lacks charter schools.
But Washington is ahead of many states in funding education programs for preschool-age children, so it gets a piece of the new $500 million the Obama administration is distributing.
Gov. Chris Gregoire …