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Florida "Race to the Top" Grant

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

State education officials have approved 65 local applications for shares of Florida's $700 million "Race to the Top" grant.

Applications from 62 school districts and three laboratory
schools were submitted Monday to the U.S. Department of Education
for further approval.

The stimulus grants will fund innovative approaches for
improving schools including teacher pay plans linked to student
performance.

Five of the 65 applications received conditional approval and
have until June 30 to correct problems.

Three eligible districts and the Florida School for the Deaf and
Blind failed to submit plans. Also, two school districts -- Baker
and Palm Beach counties -- have chosen not to participate.


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