Guilford County Schools, Iredell-Statesville Schools finalists for $400M prize

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School officials said Guilford County Schools and Iredell-Statesville Schools are finalists selected for a $400 million competition.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Education have announced that the schools were among 61 applicants selected for the Race to the Top-District competition.

Officials said the prize money will be used to deepen student learning, improve student achievement and prepare students for success in college and careers.

Organizers said the 61 finalists are representing more than 200 school districts. They were reportedly selected from 372 applications the Department received in November.

“These finalists are setting the curve for the rest of the country with innovative plans to drive education reform in the classroom,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, according to a press release.

The Department has posted the list of districts that submitted an application on its website: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-district/index.html.