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Morris District Getting 'Race to the Top' Funding

Twelve districts in Morris County participating in program.

The is one of 12 districts in Morris County that will be awarded funding from the state to participate in the state's $38 million "Race to the Top" award. The Morris School District has received $43,834, part of the 344 participating "Local Education Agencies," any district or charter school, participating statewide. The $19 million allocation accounts for 63 percent of the total number of LEAs eligible. An additional 28 involved LEAs also signed up to participate in the state’s reforms. 

The entire press release is below:

The Department of Education today announced that 372 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) have signed up to take part in the state’s $38 million Race to the Top award.  Half of that money, or approximately $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 bold education reform agenda.  An “LEA” is any district or charter school in the state.

New Jersey was awarded approximately $38 million in December as part of the US Department of Education’s Race to the Top 3 (RTTT3) competition.   As part of its RTTT3 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 subject areas to support the adoption of the Common Core State Standards
  2. Development and rollout of an online Instructional Improvement System (IIS) that will serve as a platform for teachers to access the model curriculum and other supports like formative assessments and instructional tools
  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

Every LEA in the state had an opportunity to participate in the RTTT3 award.  If an LEA currently receives federal Title I funding, they are able to sign up as a “participating LEA,” and will receive a proportional share of RTTT3 funds according to the federal Title I formula.  If an LEA does not receive federal Title I funding or chooses to participate without their allocated funding, they are eligible to sign up as an “involved LEA.”  Those LEAs are eligible for subgrants from the state’s $19 million allocation and to participate in any professional development sessions offered to participating LEAs.

“We are glad to see that so many districts and charter schools have signed up to participate in the state’s reform agenda,” said Acting Commissioner Chris Cerf.  “These funds can be used for a number of purposes that will support student learning such as training for teachers on the new teacher evaluation system and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.”

In total, 344 participating LEAs signed up to split the $19 million allocation, accounting for 63% percent of the total number of LEAs eligible.  An additional 28 involved LEAs also signed up to participate in the state’s reforms.

For the complete list, visit the state Department of Education website.

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