Guilford a finalist for $30 million technology grant

Nov. 27, 2012 @ 04:09 PM

GUILFORD COUNTY — Guilford County Schools is one of 61 districts in the running for a Race to the Top grant, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
The finalists were selected from 372 applications sent to the department in November. Iredell-Statesville Schools is the only other North Carolina district to make the final round.
The district applied for a $30 million grant to buy digital devices for about 15,500 middle-school students over the next four years. The department expects to select 15 to 25 winning applications from the Race to the Top district competition for four-year awards that will range from $5 million to $40 million. Officials plan to announce the winners by the end of the year.
The federal education department will provide as much as $400 million to fund district-level plans for personalized student learning.
“These finalists are setting the curve for the rest of the country with innovative plans to drive education reform in the classroom,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated in a press release. “This competition was designed to support local efforts to close the achievement gap and transform the learning environment in a diverse set of districts, but no matter who wins, children across the country will benefit from the clear vision and track records of success demonstrated by these finalists.”
Grant winners will be announced by Dec. 31.