Pasco misses mark for education grants
LAND O' LAKES - The Pasco County School District didn't make the cut this week when the U.S. Department of Education announced 61 finalists nationwide for Race to the Top grants. Five Florida school districts are on the list. They are Broward, Charlotte, Miami-Dade, Manatee and Seminole. The Pasco school board approved the district's application for a $40 million Race to the Top grant on Nov. 6. Pasco planned to use the money for such goals as establishing an assessment system to measure student achievement and creating a professional development system designed to move some of the better teachers into facilitator and coaching roles.The federal government received 372 applications for the grants. The next step is to winnow the list of finalists further. The Department of Education reported that it expects to select 15 to 25 winning applications for the four-year awards that will range from $5 million to $40 million. Awards will be announced no later than Dec. 31. In all, the Department of Education expects to award a total of $400 million in grants. The aim, the department's announcement said, is to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps and prepare every student for success in college and careers.
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