Dec 23, 2011 10:02 AM by Lauren Wilson
The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Louisiana will have more than $17 million given to them for the state-led education reform Race to the Top Round Three grant. Louisiana will receive a share of the total $200 million from the fund along with six other states -Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
"Louisiana is among 22 Race to the Top winners across the country dedicated to investing in key education reforms that prepare more students for college and careers," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "I congratulate Louisiana and our six other round three winners for their courage and commitment to continue this important work."
The award will help the state to recruit and prepare more highly-effective teachers and principals, supporting districts and schools in using the evaluation system to measure teacher and leader effectiveness, funding competitive grants to districts for innovative practices to support turning around low-performing schools, training for teachers on how to use data to improve instruction, and professional development for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses and teachers.