COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's been a long race to compete for millions of dollars to improve school system across the state of Georgia. After a second attempt, the state has been selected as a winner in the U-S Department of Education's Race to the Top grant. Georgia stands to gain $400 million.
"Half of the money will come to the state and will do some initiatives that we are working on with all 26 systems and some state-wide initiatives as well and the other half will be money that is distributed to the local school system for them to implement some very innovative programs as well," state spokesman Bert Brantley said.
The race started almost a year ago during the first round of the race. Georgia placed third of only two states chosen to receive federal funds.
Two weeks ago a team of five Georgia educators presented the new application to a panel in Washington, D.C. -- bring the state successfully across the finish line.
Twenty-six school districts across Georgia can stand to benefit from the grant. Muscogee County is one of them.
"The hope is that this grant money will help us turn around the low achieving schools not just in this district but across the districts in the state of Georgia," said Valerie Fuller, director of communications for the Muscogee County School District.