NC 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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  • by Stop picking our pockets on Jan 19, 2010 at 04:07 AM
    Bev has the nerve to rob from the Education Lottery and shift the proceeds earmarked for education, to her pet projects to balance her budget. Then it's all hands out to double dip the taxpayers for more money that she will simply waste. Unbelievable!
  • by Jim Location: Plymouth on Jan 19, 2010 at 04:00 AM
    Teachers are only part of the equation and most are already giving it their all. If the goverment wants learning to improve they need to provide parents for incentives to be a part of their childs education and penalties when they aren't. Reponsible parenting is the largest factor in student success. Legislate that and you will see results that will amaze you.
  • by Fed Up Educator on Jan 18, 2010 at 09:21 PM
    As long as we have to teach to tests and not creatively teach out students, you can throw as much federal, state, or bail out money at education and it will not work. As long as there is little support from home for getting homework done, studying at home, learning to read and do math, we will never have educated students. They will have to be re-educated in the colleges and universities and in the workplace. What is our country coming to? What are the real educators thinking? Let's take back our schools and demand great education like we had 40 years ago.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jan 18, 2010 at 07:17 PM
    Obama wants education? and all he did with his Stimulas Plan is bail out big business. Why? he has an election pay back. Lets take back America in 2012. I hope NC gets the funds , but we still have to pay our taxes for Obamas war in Afganistan , Sorry NC no money for education. Big Business got Obama's War contracts. I would like to know? Where is my $$$$$ from the rich people? Obama? Oh ask ACORN ?
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