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MNPS Finalist For Race To The Top Competition

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The US Department of Education has announced that Metro Public Schools have been chosen as one of 61 finalist for over $400 million in federal funds.

The finalists for the 2012 Race to the Top Competition were announced Monday afternoon. Metro Nashville Public Schools was chosen as the only finalist for the state of Tennessee. The US Department of Education received over 372 applications for the Race to the Top Program and will determine the winner in the month of December.

"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 said. "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."

From the 61 finalists, 15 to 20 winning schools will receive four-year awards that will range from $5 million to $40 million, depending on the population of students served through the plan.

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