Miami-Dade wins 'Race to the Top'

Published On: Dec 11 2012 02:56:19 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 11 2012 04:47:49 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that Miami-Dade County Public Schools is one of 16 to win the 2012 Race to the Top-District competition.

The 16 applicants will share nearly $400 million.

Miami-Dade County is expected to receive about $30 million in federal grants.

"Districts have been hungry to drive reform at the local level, and now these winners can empower their school leaders to pursue innovative ideas where they have the greatest impact: in the classroom," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "The Race to the Top-District grantees have shown tremendous leadership though developing plans that will transform the learning environment and enable students to receive a personalized, world-class education."

“We are delighted that M-DCPS has been selected to receive this funding,” said Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho. “This initiative will help us to continue towards our goal to make sure that every child in the district, no matter their zip code, can receive a world-class education. It leverages federal funding in advancing local innovation in 21st century learning environments.”

The monies will be used to offer all middle schools a blended learning initiative in mathematics. This will include a special iPREP style classroom for mathematics in every middle school.

Click here for more information on the Race to the Top-District competition, including funding status.