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Castaic school district snubs Race to the Top

Posted: January 5, 2010 8:58 p.m.
Updated: January 6, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Castaic Union School District board members Tuesday passed on the Race to the Top, the federally funded education reform program that is expected to provide up to $700 million to California.

District officials expressed concern over whether the amount of money they would receive from the state would be enough to meet the program's requirements. Officials estimated Castaic Union could receive $12,000 to $57,000 in funds.

All of California's school districts have until Friday to decide whether or not to commit to Race to the Top. Newhall and Sulphur Springs school district boards meet tonight.

Meanwhile, state lawmakers have been trying to figure out measures that would allow for education reform in California and for the state to compete for Race to the Top funding. California has a Jan. 19 deadline to apply for Race to the Top funds, which amount to $4.35 billion nationwide.


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