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'Race to the Top' funds sought by Grandview School District

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board approved a decision to join with the state of Washington in its application to receive federal Race to the Top funds.

Race to the Top has already awarded two states with additional education funds and Washington is looking to be a lucky recipient in the second round of appropriations.

School districts that seek to receive a portion of the funds will have to abide by certain requirements which include complying with national common core curriculum requirements.

The national common core requirements are already in the process of being adopted by the Washington state legislature as they update the current EALRS.

Joining in the state's bid for Race to the Top funds also means that participating school districts will need to implement state assessment standards, improve and emphasis mathematics and science, and develop a model for teacher and staff evaluations.

If Washington receives the funds, the state will retain half the grant and the other half will go to each participating school, which will receive at least $22 per student.

Board Director Tim Grow expressed concern that $22 might not be enough money to implement required federal or state mandates needed to receive a portion of the grant, but Superintendent Kevin Chase assured the board that there will be time to withdraw their application if the school district finds they cannot successful comply with the standards.

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