District of Columbia schools have been awarded $75 million in federal Race To The Top funding. Race To The Top is part of President Obama’s $4 billion education reform agenda.
Along with Maryland, DC was one of 9 states to receive the award in this second round of the competition.
The competition is funded through the 2009 economic stimulus law. It encourages ideas to connect student performance data to individual teachers and principals, targeting low-performing schools, adopting common national standards and creating public charter schools.