Hundreds of millions in federal education funds are up for grabs as Oklahoma prepares to submit an application for the Race to the Top competitive stimulus grant on January 19th.
Among a number of criterion that states will be judged on is how many school districts within the state have signed onto the state Department of Education’s plan for the money.
Oklahoma City Public Schools approved a memorandum of understanding last week saying they are interested in participating. The contract states that the district will have to adhere to the state plan to get the federal funds before any money is given to a district.
View a copy of the contract approved by the Oklahoma City School Board here.
“We know it’s on the agenda for many districts either tonight or tomorrow, so we should have a good idea of (who participates) next week,” said Shelly Hickman spokeswoman for the state Education Department.
The percentage of districts participating in the grant application is just one part of the 103 page Race to the Top application that can be downloaded from the US Department of Education website.
It’s unknown how the $350 million available for education will be divvied out among states, or even how many states will receive grants, however, Oklahoma officials have indicated they beleive we will be competitive in the Race to the Top.