|Published: 5:54 PM, 08/16/2013
||Last updated: 6:07 PM, 08/16/2013
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department
of Education announced this past week it will grant $8 million in state Race to the Top funds to
districts that agree to implement specific initiatives that advance the core purpose of Tennessee's
First to the Top plan.
The money will be awarded to 83
districts that have chosen to participate in the First to the Top Scope of Work Supplemental Fund.
These districts serve more than half of all students in the state.
Cocke County and Newport City school systems are among those
In order to opt in to the First to the Top
Supplemental Fund, districts chose to implement at least one innovative program or strategy in
three categories: Teacher evaluation, implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and
student assignment. These areas reflect priorities of the state’s original Race to the Top grant,
and the districts’ selections will take effect during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. For a
complete list of district options, please see the attached overview.
For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain
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