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South King County schools part of bid for federal dollars

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on Nov. 28, 2012 at 6:53 am with No Comments »
November 27, 2012 4:00 pm

A grant application written jointly by seven King County school districts is among 61 finalists for the federal Race to the Top competition, the U.S. Department of Education announced.

The region’s application involved the following school districts: Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila. The grant proposal was submitted under the name “The Road Map District Consortium” in reference to the districts’ participation in the Road Map Project, a community-wide effort to drive educational improvement in South Seattle and South King County. The region’s application asks for up to $40 million.

The national finalists represent more than 200 school districts. The education department expects to select 15 to 25 winning applications 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.

The Road Map Project is a community-wide effort aimed at improving student achievement that includes coordinated action, both inside and outside schools. The Road Map Project is supported by the Community Center for Education Results.

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