It's official: Florida gets $700 million
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, has confirmed that Florida will receive $700 million — the maximum amount it could request — in Race to the Top funding. The money will go toward a plan that the state created that aims to create such changes as increased teacher evaluation and performance pay.
"With this $700 million Race to the Top award, the new school year in Florida and Florida's students are off to a fantastic start," Castor said in a release.
“This award means the outstanding collaboration in Florida has been recognized. Our students will benefit and will have the tools and resources they need to succeed. Educators will have the ability to focus on the needs of the students they serve and design reforms specifically for them.
“Our first application was too top-down driven and was not based on collaboration by all stakeholders. This time, we did it right. Teachers, parents, school districts, school boards, the state Legislature and education-related nonprofits were represented in a working group to improve our application.
“This money couldn’t come at a better time. The Race to the Top award, along with the $555 million heading to Florida from the Education Jobs bill Congress approved this month, will help our financially struggling school districts offer a quality education for Florida children while creating and saving jobs in our economy. We remain committed to getting every dollar possible for Florida’s children.”
See the USDOE's press release, which includes state rankings and amounts received, for more information.