North Carolina Applies For Federal Education Money

North Carolina is seeking almost $470 million in federal education funds from a grant that rewards states for innovation and improved student performance.

Gov. Beverly Perdue's office said the application for money from the $4.5 billion "Race to the Top" initiative was mailed this past weekend. The state funds would be spent over four years.

Perdue hopes to get the money for her own initiative, called "Ready Set Go!," which she announced last week. Under the plan, she hopes to expand modern technology to every classroom so that learning can be accelerated and provide more real-world experiences for students.

The proposal also would include evaluations of students throughout a school year, along possible expansion of higher pay for teachers who serve in rural areas or the lowest-performing schools.

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