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Local Schools Compete for Race to the Top Funds

Local Schools Compete for Race to the Top Funds

Two public school districts and three charters hope to become recipients of the Department of Education’s Race to the Top funding challenge.

Harlandale and Edgewood Independent School Districts along with charter districts Harmony Public Schools, IDEA Public Schools, and American Can! Academies are vying for the $400 million up for grabs. ESC Region 20 is also one of the local applicants who hopes to grab one of the larger awards, which range from $5 million to $40 million.

Nearly $400 million in grants is available for qualifying proposals. The district level proposal should focus on individualized classroom instruction that that prepares each student for college and career. The grants competition is open to all districts who have 40% or more students on a free or reduced lunch program and those that serve at least 2,500 students.

To date, approximately 893 applications for funding have been submitted. The final deadline for applicants is Oct. 31. Award winners will be announced before the end of the year.

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