A dozen South Carolina school districts have told the U.S. Department of Education they plan to apply for a piece of $400 million in grants to be doled out nationwide.
The latest round of the Obama administration's Race to the Top education innovation grants calls for districts to apply directly — the only way South Carolina schools could get a chunk.
Republican state Superintendent Mick Zais has refused since his 2010 campaign to take federal stimulus money or participate in Race to the Top. He argues the amounts are meager when looking at all money going to schools and creates an unfunded mandate when the grant runs out in four years.
The Obama administration has already awarded more than $4 billion to 18 states and the District of Columbia through the competition.