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US Department of Education announces latest batch of Race to the Top winners


In a recent press release, the U.S. Department of Education announced that 16 applicants to the 2012 Race to the Top-District competition were chosen to receive funding. Overall, the winners represent 55 school districts nationwide and will split close to $400 million in an effort to improve instruction through a variety of methods, including the implementation of the Common Core State Standards(CCSS).

"Districts have been hungry to drive reform at the local level, and now these winners can empower their school leaders to pursue innovative ideas where they have the greatest impact: in the classroom," said Arne Duncan, the U.S. secretary of education.

The Puget Sound Educational Service District, a consortium of multiple Washington school districts, was among the 16 winners. In total, seven school systems make up the Service District and will share $40 million, according to Renton, Washington's Patch website.

Using the grant money, the individual school districts will be able to better transition to the CCSS by the 2014-2015 academic year, as well as strengthen their focus on personalizing education, among other measures toward reform.