School districts across New York State could win as much as $75 million in grant money if they can prove to state education officials that they have been able to raise performance and have new ideas for further gains, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced.
The governor’s competitive grant program, which is modeled on the federal Race to the Top program, is an effort to reward districts that have raised students’ test scores and high school graduation rates over the last two school years.
Eligible districts can apply for grant money to focus on one of four “priority area programs,” which the governor’s proposal defines as middle school programs, early college programs, career and technical education programs, and efforts to increase college admission rates.
“For too many years, our state has spent more and more money on education, without producing the results our students deserve,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “This competitive award program will incentivize innovative reforms in school districts across the state that will benefit students and help educate the workforce of tomorrow.”