Education Department Announces Race to the Top Winners

The U.S. Department of Education announced that 16 applicants— representing 55 school districts across 11 states and D.C.—have won the 2012 Race to the Top District competition. These districts will share nearly $400 million to support locally-developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare all students to succeed in college and their careers. And the winners are:

■ Carson City School District, Nevada
■ Charleston County School District, South Carolina
■ Galt Joint Union School District, California
■ Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, Kentucky, consortium
■ Guilford County Schools, North Carolina
■ Harmony Science Academy (Harmony Public Schools), Texas, consortium leader
■ IDEA Public Schools, Texas
■ Iredell-Statesville Schools, North Carolina
■ KIPP DC, Washington, D.C.
■ Lindsay Unified School District, California
■ Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, Indiana
■ Middletown City School District, New York
■ New Haven Unified School District, California
■ Puget Sound Educational Service District, Washington, consortium leader
■ School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida
■ St. Vrain Valley Schools, Colorado