The federal “Race to the Top” school district competition has drawn seven applications from Oregon.
Salem-Keizer, Canby, Hillsboro, Lane County, McMinnville, and Woodburn applied.
There’s also a joint application from a group of districts called the "Southwest Oregon Proficiency Consortium." It includes Lowell, Oakridge, Siuslaw, Three Rivers, and the Lane Education Service District.
Federal officials say up to $383 million will be distributed based on the quality of applications and the number of students represented by the applicants.
For instance, Salem-Keizer is in the category for the largest grant awards of up to $40 million over four years.
When Oregon applied for the Race to the Top state competition, it was among many states that came up empty.