TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Two school systems in Kansas are among nearly 900 nationwide planning to apply for a slice of nearly $400 million in grants from the U.S. Education Department.
The federal agency announced Friday that the Topeka School District and the Southwest Plains Regional Service Center are among those slated to participate in the Race to the Top-District competition. The Southwest Plains Regional Service Center is in Sublette and provides area schools with a variety of resources.
The grants are intended to support initiatives that help close achievement gaps and prepare students for college and a career.
The Obama administration has already awarded more than $4 billion to 18 states and the District of Columbia through its Race to the Top competition. Kansas hasn’t benefited so far.