Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today told U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan that it is unacceptable to exclude Vermont and many other rural states from a major federal grant program.
“It is unacceptable that nearly $5 billion of federal “Race to the Top” funding has been distributed while Vermont and many other states have not received a penny,” Sanders said after meeting with Duncan in the senator’s office on Capitol Hill.
Overall, more than half of all states have not received “Race to the Top” funds. Many rural states, some with high poverty rates, are among the states that received nothing. Vermont, for example, was turned down last November for a four-year, $50 million grant for early-childhood education.
Noting that Vermont public schools are among the best in the country, Sanders said he would “do my best to change this arbitrary funding system, which unfairly disadvantages some states at the expense of others.”