by Sean Whaley
Nevada News Bureau

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December 11, 2012
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Carson wins race to the top

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that 16 applicants, including the Carson City School District, will share nearly $400 million in Race to the Top funds to improve student learning.

The award will mean up to $10 million to the district. An application submitted by the Clark County School District did not receive funding.

One comment on the Carson application said in part: "The Carson City School District provides a very strong, comprehensive, and coherent plan for the revision of the district school system."

"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."

The 2012 Race to the Top-District grantees will receive four-year awards that range from $10 million to $40 million, depending on the number of students served through the plan. The winning applicants were the top scorers among the 372 applications the department received in November, which were evaluated and scored by independent peer reviewers.

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., congratulated the district on the award.

"This is wonderful news for Carson City's students, teachers and parents" he said. "As someone whose life was transformed by teachers, I understand the importance of providing all Nevadans with the opportunity to receive a quality education. While I wish that other school districts in the state were also awarded this grant, I know these funds will help put Carson's students on a path towards success."

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The Record Courier Updated Dec 11, 2012 02:35PM Published Dec 11, 2012 02:33PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.