Neither Washington nor Oregon won federal grant money through the original Race to the Top competitions. In fact, each state declined to apply in one of the years they were eligible. But the federal Department of Education is now offering grants to individual districts in states that missed out on funds. The Department announced its finalists this week. Of the Oregon applicants, only McMinnville made the cut. Three districts from Washington were selected.
Of the 61 finalists, up to 25 will receive a cut of the $400 million pot. Districts had to win the endorsement of their unions in order to apply, which led Portland Public Schools and other districts to refrain from applying.
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- Michele McNeil: Assistant editor and reporter for Education Week
- Maryalice Russell: Superintendent of McMinnville School District