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Local schools to get almost $1.4M in Race to the Top funding

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From Post staff reports

Local schools will receive almost $1.4 million as a result of Tennessee being selected one of two states as a finalist in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top competition.

Only Tennessee and Delaware were announced in late March as winners in the first round of the competition for federal funding. Delaware will receive approximately $100 million and Tennessee $500 million to implement their respective comprehensive school reform plans over the next four years.

Of Tennessee’s $500 million, $250 million is to be retained by the state Department of Education and the balance is to be distributed among all of Tennessee’s school systems over a four-year period.

Locally, the Lebanon Special School District is to receive an estimated total of $473,720 and Wilson County Schools $914,740 for the four years.

The funds are to be distributed to individual school systems across the state based on each system’s Title I position which is a measuring barometer for the poverty level in each system.

Wilson County’s status as the state’s second wealthiest county caused the funding from the program for school systems here to trail many of the surrounding counties. For instance, Sumner County will receive an estimated $3,297,146; Rutherford County, $3,638,683; Murfreesboro City, $1,282,036; and Putnam County $2,994,070.

Shelby County and Memphis City schools combined for the most funding to be distributed, an amount near $74 million. Davidson County schools are to receive an estimated $30,252,369. 

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