NEWS RELEASES 2010-11 :: FEBRUARY 11, 2011

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Students across North Carolina will be the ultimate beneficiaries of millions of dollars being released to all 115 local school districts and participating charter schools. The United States Department of Education (USED) has released North Carolina’s Race to the Top (RttT) funding, clearing the way for local school districts to meet the goals of Career and College: Ready, Set, Go!, North Carolina’s RttT initiative.

NC’s $400 million grant is one of only 12 awarded by USED. The NC Department of Public Instruction approved Detailed Scopes of Work (DSW) from each LEA and participating charter school in early November 2010. Later that month NCDPI submitted a state DSW, along with the local plans, to the USED.

On Jan. 31, federal officials notified NCDPI that the state plan was approved. NCDPI has now made the funds available to local districts and charter schools, who are free to make expenditures in accordance with their approved plans.

Career & College: Ready, Set, Go! aims to increase the number of students graduating from NC public schools, and to better prepare students with the skills they will need to succeed in the working world over the next several decades. The RttT funds must be spent in direct support of NC’s plan and its four main “pillars” of work: Great Teachers and Principals, Quality Standards and Assessments, Turnaround of Lowest-Achieving Schools and Data Systems to Improve Instruction.

“We are thrilled that North Carolina’s students and teachers will begin to benefit from the allocations of the federal Race to the Top grant,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “Career & College: Ready, Set, Go! holds great promise toward improving the achievement levels of our students, encouraging them to stay in school and graduate and ensure that they are better prepared for the workplace.”

LEA and Charter School funding by district/school can be found here:
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About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.