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Three Charter Groups Win Total of Nearly $70 Million in RTTT-District Competition
Three charter school organizations won a total of nearly $70 million as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s $400 million Race to the Top-District Competition.
Harmony Public Schools and IDEA Public Schools, both of Texas, were each awarded about $29 million, and KIPP DC in Washington, D.C., was awarded $10 million, according to the Department.
They are among 16 winners representing 55 school districts in 11 states and D.C., the Department announced December 11, 2012. The Department received 372 applications and has posted scores and comments for the winning submissions. The four-year awards range from $10 million to $40 million, depending on the enrollments.
The Department said the plans are "tailored to meet the needs of local communities and feature a variety of strategies, including: using technology to personalize learning for each student; giving students opportunities to learn beyond the traditional school day and environment; supporting students' transitions throughout their education, including from high school to college and careers; expanding partnerships with community organizations to provide students with targeted social services like crisis intervention, individual counseling and life enrichment opportunities; and providing professional development and coursework options to deepen learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields."