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Georgia in the hunt for federal education grants

By David Miller
With information from the Governor's Office

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Georgia hopes to received a share of $462 million from the U.S. Department of Education in the form of "Race to the Top" grants.   

The Race to the Top fund is a $4 billion grant opportunity provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to support new approaches to improve schools.

The grants are designed to encourage and reward states making strides to:  prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and globally, build data systems that measure student growth and success, Recruit and retain effective teachers and principals, and turning around under-achieving schools.

Sixteen states will send a five-member teams to interview in Washington D.C. in mid-March.  Winners will be announced in April 2010.

Georgia's application was prepared through strong partnership between the Governor's Office, the Georgia Department of Education, the Governor's Office of Student Achievement, and education stakeholders.

Twenty-three local school districts will partner with the state: Atlanta, Ben Hill, Bibb, Burke, Carrollton, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, DeKalb, Dougherty, Gainesville, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Jones, Meriwether, Muscogee, Rabun, Richmond, Rockdale, Spalding, Valdosta and White.

Georgia partnered with The Parthenon Group, a consulting firm based in Boston, which specializes in part in education reform.

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