RI teachers' unions endorse Race to the Top

Providence, R.I. – Eleven out of 36 local teachers' unions have signed onto the state's second bid for a federal Race to the Top education grant. They include Pawtucket, Woonsocket, Providence, Central Falls and Cranston.

All but two school districts have also signed onto the plan, which seeks $75 million for school reforms like tougher teacher evaluations and mid-year testing to assess student progress.

"We have a bold, important, amazing plan that we're really proud of," said Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist. "We also now have strong stakeholder support from all across Rhode Island."

In round one, Rhode Island finished 8th out of 41 applicants with just two teachers' unions supporting the application. Both winners, Delaware and Tennessee, had nearly universal support from teachers and school districts.