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School District: Race to the Top money not worth the effort

Ohanian Comment: Officials in this urban district, which has a history of jumping on many bandwagons, feel that the grant is too restrictive and potential for failing to meet its requirements is too high to make it worth the time and expense to apply. Requirements include creating a "personalized learning plan" for every student in the pilot and then scaling up to the rest. In Las Vegas' case that would be 10,000 students in the pilot and 309,000 in total.

A school board member observed, "Sounds like selling your soul for $6 million." The district operates on a $2 billion budget.

by Paul Takahashi

The cash-strapped Clark County School District is expected to forgo a pursuit of millions of dollars in federal grant money because it has too many strings attached.

This month, the $4 billion Race to the Top grant program opened its latest round of funding to individual school districts for the first time in its three-year history. Previously, only state education departments were eligible to apply for the grant, which rewarded states for implementing innovations supported by President Barack Obama. Nevada is not a Race to the Top state. . . .

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— Paul Takahashi
Las Vegas Sun


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