Today 26 Georgia school districts found out just how much money they’ll be getting in federal Race to the Top dollars. Bibb County is receiving just over 13-million dollars.
The districts are splitting 200-million of the 400-million dollar award. The rest will be spent by the Georgia Department of Education for statewide initiatives.
Georgia is one of 11 states getting part of 4-billion dollars in federal stimulus money to reform education and increase student achievement. Kathy Reese is overseeing Race to the Top in the Bibb County School district. She says nearly 80-percent of their students live in poverty and that’s a challenge.
“A lot of children come to school behind. They come to school not ready to learn so we have some catching up to do even when they get started.”
Reese expects some of the money will be used for tutoring and teacher training. Each district has until the end of the month to submit their plans on how to use the funds. The money will be released early next year.