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UPDATED 11/27/2012: Hurricane Sandy Extends Deadline for Local Districts’ Race to the Top Applications

Photograph Credit: NASA/NOAA

UPDATE 11/27/2012: Although five local districts applied, none were among the finalists announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast the day before the deadline for districts to apply for the latest round of Race to the Top (RTTT) grant funding. Because the storm closed federal offices in Washington, D.C.,  the government extended the deadline until today for districts in states outside of the disaster area.

Administrators with at least five districts in the Kansas City metropolitan area — all on the Missouri side of the state line — have notified the U.S. Department of Education of their intent to apply. Nationwide, almost 900 districts will be competing for $400 million in grants the government intends “to support local reforms that will personalize learning, close achievement gaps and prepare each student for college and their careers.”

Previous RTTT competitions have been open only to state education departments. The current round is the first that districts have been able to compete for directly. Individual grants to competition winners will range from $5 million to $40 million.

The five local districts that filed their intent to apply for this latest round of federal education grants include:

  • Fort Osage
  • Independence
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • North Kansas City; and
  • Raytown.

Also, two Missouri districts listed simply as “District Not Provided” and “School District in Kansas City Missouri” are on the U.S. Department of Education’s list.

Districts in states on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s list of major disaster sites have until next Wednesday to submit applications.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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