WASHINGTON — The Springdale School District was not among the winners in this year’s Race to the Top competition for special public education funding.
The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday whittled the field of 61 finalists down to 16 winners that will share $400 million to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning.
"Districts have been hungry to drive reform at the local level, and now these winners can empower their school leaders to pursue innovative ideas where they have the greatest impact: in the classroom," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
The 16 winning applications represent 55 school districts across 11 states and D.C., which will receive four-year awards that range from $10 million to $40 million.
The Education Department received 372 applications, which were evaluated and scored by independent peer reviewers. The Springdale district was among 61 finalists announced last month.