Sixteen lucky school districts were selected for huge grant award.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, approximately 372 applicants competed for the Race to the Top-District grant award worth over $400 million. The top 16 winners will share the grant winnings.

“Districts have been hungry to drive reform at the local level, and now these winners can empower their school leaders to pursue innovative ideas where they have the greatest impact: in the classroom,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “The Race to the Top-District grantees have shown tremendous leadership though developing plans that will transform the learning environment and enable students to receive a personalized, world-class education.”

2012 Race to the Top-District Winners

* indicates consortium

• Carson City School District, Nevada

• Charleston County School District, South Carolina

• Galt Joint Union School District, California

* Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, Kentucky, consortium leader
(consortium members: Adair County Schools, Campbellsville Independent Schools, Carroll County Schools, Caverna Independent Schools, Cloverport Independent Schools, Daviess County Schools, Green County Schools, Hart County Schools, Henry County Schools, Logan County Schools, Metcalfe County Schools, Monroe County Schools, Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, Owen County Schools, Owensboro Independent Schools, Russell County Schools, Shelby County Schools, Simpson County Schools, Spencer County Schools, Taylor County Schools, Trimble County Schools, Union County Schools, West Point Independent Schools)

• Guilford County Schools, North Carolina

* Harmony Science Academy (Harmony Public Schools), Texas, consortium leader
(consortium members: Harmony School of Excellence, Harmony School of Science-Houston, Harmony Science Academy-Austin, Harmony Science Academy-Brownsville, Harmony Science Academy-El Paso, Harmony Science Academy-Fort Worth, Harmony Science Academy-Lubbock, Harmony Science Academy-San Antonio, Harmony Science Academy-Waco)

• IDEA Public Schools, Texas

• Iredell-Statesville Schools, North Carolina

• KIPP DC, Washington, D.C.

• Lindsay Unified School District, California

• Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, Indiana

• Middletown City School District, New York

• New Haven Unified School District, California

* Puget Sound Educational Service District, Washington, consortium leader
(consortium members: Auburn School District, Federal Way Public Schools, Highline Public Schools, Kent School District, Renton School District, Seattle Public Schools, Tukwila School District)

• School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida

• St. Vrain Valley Schools, Colorado

Read the entire press release at Department of Education News.

Photo Courtesy: U.S. Department of Education