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By STEVE WATERS sports@chieflandcitizen.com The School Board of Levy County is discussing whether or not to participate in the Race to the Top fund, a federal competitive grant program designed to reward states for high performance in education. Meeting l

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By Steve Waters, Sports Editor

The School Board of Levy County is discussing whether or not to participate in the Race to the Top fund, a federal competitive grant program designed to reward states for high performance in education.

Meeting last Tuesday with the school board, teachers' union and administrators, Superintendent said that the district was still in the opening phases of examining and planning for the fund.

"Right now, we've just got more questions than answers," he said.

The school district is also under a time constraint. The deadline for the application to participate in Race to the Top is set for Jan. 8, 2010.

The program is part of the federal government's stimulus package, which passed in February. Race to the Top provides $4.35 billion to states that participate in the program. Florida could receive up to $1 billion, dispersed over four years.

Florida is considered one of the frontrunners for the fund, since many of the state's educational standards and the United States Department of Education standards are already closely aligned in many subjects, such as math and biology.


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