Federal officials announced Friday that the state did not make the list of nine recipients of $500 million in "Race to the Top" money. Georgia won $400 million last year from a similar grant competition for K-12 education.
Georgia was once considered a national leader in early learning and was the first state to offer free prekindergarten to any 4-year-old who wanted to enroll. But in the last few years, the state has made cuts to the program.
The winning states were: California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington.