Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is one of 61 finalists for the Race to the Top-District competition, the U.S. Department of Education announced today.
The 2012 RTT-D program will provide close to $400 million 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 of success in college and careers.
The 61 finalists, representing more than 200 school districts, were selected from 372 applications the Education Department received in November.
"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. "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."
Metro Nashville Public Schools is the only district from Tennessee selected as a finalist.
The Education Department expects to select 15 to 25 winning applications from the Race to the Top-District competition for four-year awards that will range from $5 million to $40 million, depending on the population of students served through the plan. Awards will be announced no later than Dec. 31, 2012.
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