PROVIDENCE – The federal government has approved a no-cost extension of Rhode Island’s Race to the Top grant program, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee announced.
The approval earlier this month extends the grant period to July 1, 2015, and allows Rhode Island to spend $2.4 million in remaining Race to the Top funds to complete an online support system for educators and offer additional professional development for teachers.
“This no-cost extension that the U.S. Department of Education has approved will enable Rhode Island to meet all of the commitments in our successful Race to the Top application of 2010,” Chafee said.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Rhode Island a $75 million Race to the Top grant. Since then, the money has been used for:
• Professional development for educators on transition to the Common Core State Standards.
• Development by educators of curriculum in English language arts and mathematics aligned with the standards.
• Implementation of annual evaluations of all educators.
• Expansion of new and existing charter public schools.
• An induction program and supports for new teachers.
• An academy for training aspiring principals.
• Development and implementation of virtual-learning math modules for students. •