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Metro Schools Get $30.3 Million In ‘Race To The Top' Funds

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Nashville's Education Committee met Monday night to discuss how funds received from the federal 'Race to the Top' program should be distributed.

Tennessee was one of two states that received the first round of grants. Tennessee received about $500 million in the form of a four-year grant to expire in after the 2013-2014 school year.

$250 million of that went to statewide initiatives, the rest was decided by Title One status. Metro schools received $30.3 million that they will use for more teacher and principal evaluations as well as improving technology schools.

"We want a hundred percent of our students to be college and career ready, that's what we're aiming at," said Dr. Julie McCarter, Metro Nashville Public Schools' Director Of Federal Programs.

The grant cannot be used as part of an operational budget. No teachers will be hired with the money but it will be focused on retaining and improving the school system.

Delaware is the other state that received the grant. Applications were accepted for phase two of the ‘Race to the Top' program earlier this summer.

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