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</b><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#E46C0A">USDOE Invites Districts to Apply for Funds to Support Classroom-Level Reform Efforts</span></b><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#76923C"><o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it has finalized the application for the 2013 Race to the Top-District competition, which will provide nearly $120 million to support bold, locally directed improvements in learning
 and teaching that will directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness.<br>
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&quot;The Race to the Top-District competition is an opportunity for trailblazing districts across the country to implement models of personalized learning so that every child graduates college and career ready,&quot; said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. &quot;The
 program is designed to support teachers and school leaders in their use of innovative strategies as we seek to build a stronger future for America's students.&quot;<br>
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Race to the Top, launched in 2009, has inspired dramatic education reform nationwide, leading 46 states and the District of Columbia to pursue higher college- and career-ready standards, data-driven decision making, greater support for teachers and leaders,
 and turnaround interventions in low performing schools.<br>
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