One reason federal officials say Georgia lost out on the first round of Race To The Top is that the state’s application only included 23 school districts. So, for the next round, the state Department of Education is inviting all of Georgia's 198 districts to vie for the money.
DOE spokesperson Matt Cardoza says state school superintendent Kathy Cox will reach out to districts at next week’s meeting of the Georgia School Superintendents Association.
"One of the things that she would say is that this is the process and these are the things called for in the application," says Cardoza. "We recognize that one of the things that judges mentioned is that we need more school districts involved and we want ya’ll involved."
Cardoza says limiting the number of school systems in the first place was done on purpose to make it easier to work closely with individual schools on reforms.