372 schools sign up for Race to the Top funds

TRENTON – The state Education Department on Friday said that 372 public school districts and charter schools have signed up to split the $38 million Race to the Top grant the state received from the federal government.

Half of that money, or about $19 million, will be split among participating districts based on each LEA’s relative share of funding under Title I.  The other $19 million will be used by the state to advance the state’s education reform agenda.

New Jersey was awarded approximately $38 million in December as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top 3 competition.

As part of its application, New Jersey selected four objectives in line with the administration’s education reform agenda:

1.) Development of model curriculum and assessments for all core content subjects to support the adoption of the Common Core State Standards;

2.) Development and rollout of an online Instructional Improvement System that will help teachers access the model curriculum;

3.) Implementation of the state’s new teacher evaluation system and the creation of a principal evaluation pilot program;

4.) Expansion of high-quality school options by strengthening the Department’s charter authorizing practices.

372 schools sign up for Race to the Top funds