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Duncan Announces Race to the Top Winners

Duncan Announces Race to the Top Winners

Rural districts sweep Race to the Top in 2013.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan revealed the winning school districts in the latest round of Race To the Top competition. Out of the five recipients, four rural districts will share $120 million dollars in grant funds, including Clarendon County School District Two in central South Carolina winning $25 million; Clarksdale Municipal School District in the Mississippi Delta winning $10 million; Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative winning $30 million; Springdale School District in northwest Arkansas winning $26 million; and Houston School District, the only urban district, winning $30 million.

In last year’s competition, 16 winners split a $400 million pot. Race to the Top applicants compete for funding that will allow them to improve personalized instruction at the local level. Applicants are judged on their vision for improvement and preparedness for student achievement and success in college and career.

Find out more about each district’s plan for achieving student success by reading more about this story below.

Read more about this story in Education Week.

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