Providence, R.I. – State education officials announce today how many school districts and teachers unions have signed onto their application for $75 million in federal race to the top education grants.
One of the state's two teachers unions has already endorsed the application, and several local union presidents have followed suit. They include Providence, Pawtucket and West Warwick.
Providence – Teams from the state Department of Education are meeting this week to craft Rhode Island's second attempt at the federal Race to the Top competition. To win a grant, they must have a workable plan for raising student achievement and lowering the gap between urban and suburban students.
And this time they'd like to have teachers on board - the biggest loss of points in round one came from a lack of teacher support.