Four S.C. school districts awarded $25 million federal grant

jself@thestate.comDecember 18, 2013 

— A consortium of four S.C. public school districts will receive $25 million in federal Race to the Top grants -- one of five grant winners receiving about $120 million.

Clarendon 2, Orangeburg Consolidated 5, Richland 2 and Williamsburg are among 31 finalists for the grants from 80 school districts in 21 states. The U.S. Department of Education received more than 200 applications.

The winners were chosen because of innovations that “tailor education for all students and provide school leaders and teachers with key tools that support them in meeting students' needs,” according to a U.S. Education Department news release.

“These winners serve as an example to the rest of the country for how to develop innovative plans to drive education reform and improve student achievement,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These diverse, trailblazing districts have a clear vision and track record of success for models of personalized learning that aim for every child to graduate from high school ready for college and careers.”

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-Columbia, congratulated the districts in a news release.

“As a former classroom teacher in the South Carolina public schools, I know firsthand the difference a quality education can make for our young people,” Clyburn said. “This funding represents a tremendous investment in South Carolina’s future. I have been pleased to work with the folks on the ground on this project, and I want to extend my congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this accomplishment possible.”

Reach Self at (803)771-8658

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