Five Florida school districts make finalist in Race to the Top hunt
No local Tampa Bay area school districts made the finalist pool in the Obama administration's latest chase for education reform cash.
The Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando school districts all sought to win between $20 million and $40 million in the Race to the Top-District federal grant competition. None were selected among 61 finalists for the $400 million pot, which is expected ultimately to go to only 15 or so districts nationally.
The Florida finalists were Broward, Charlotte, Manatee, Miami-Dade and Seminole school districts.
“These finalists are setting the curve for the rest of the country with innovative plans to drive education reform in the classroom,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a news release. “This competition was designed to support local efforts to close the achievement gap and transform the learning environment in a diverse set of districts, but no matter who wins, children across the country will benefit from the clear vision and track records of success demonstrated by these finalists.”
The winners are scheduled to be announced no later than Dec. 31.