Nashua in running for education grant
Nashua is vying with 30 other school districts that are finalists for a share of $120 million in funding offered through a Race to the Top grant competition. Launched in 2009 with $4.3 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, Race to the Top encourages schools to adopt educational reforms and innovation.
During the initial rounds of Race to the Top funding, New Hampshire was one of 45 states that adopted the Common Core Standards as part of their application for a grant.
Still, with most federal funding for education, there are requirements and mandates, and some school officials are growing concerned about federal policymakers setting the rules for local schools.
Still, Nashua's application maps out a multi-year plan that stresses many of the goals educators and school officials often talk about. In a breakdown of the $25 million plan, the district has requested $7.5 million for improvements to school technology, including the purchase of 2,500 portable devices such as laptops and tablets, and upgrades to the wireless capabilities at both high schools.
The Department of Education is expected to release the final list of grant recipients this month.
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