KY Governor to Announce $41M Education Grant

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 8/26/13 11:31 AM CDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Twenty-two Kentucky school districts will share a $41 million grant in the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top-District Competition.

Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday that the consortium of Kentucky districts snared the largest grant in the national competition for district-level awards.

State officials gathered with education leaders at Simpsonville Elementary to discuss how the federal money will be used.

Beshear says the money gives Kentucky a chance to be a national leader in classroom innovation. He says it will better prepare youngsters for kindergarten and bolster college and career counseling.

The grant will reach districts with about 60,000 students combined. More than half of those students live in impoverished, rural areas.

The winning grant proposal was a joint effort by the Green River Regional and Ohio Valley educational cooperatives.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear plans to announce details of a $41 million Race to the Top grant that has been awarded to educational cooperatives representing 22 school districts in central Kentucky.

Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and others were scheduled to make the announcement Monday at Simpsonville Elementary School in Shelby County.

A statement from the governor's office says the districts, which are part of the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative and the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, joined together to make their application. They were awarded one of the nation's two largest grants.

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