Top United States School Districts

Top United States school districts in the nation. This is a list of the top school districts in the US including what states won government funding. The US Department of Education’s Race unveiled that Florida won in a recent competition.

Florida won $700 million to be used in its schools in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top competition. The state was 1 of 10 who received funding for their schools. The other top schools who received funding were New York, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and Rhode Island.

“Florida put together a fantastic application and should put be proud of its efforts,” stated U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. A big chunk of Florida’s funds will be used in the Miami-Dade and Broward school districts. These districts will be beginning new strategies to recruit, retain and reward effective teachers.

They will be working to make sure more South Florida students go on to college. The Miami-Dade district expects to receive an amount exceeding $60 million. While Broward stands to get around $45 million.

Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho plans to use the funds to help his district to achieve a number of long-term goals. These goals include doubling the percentage of students attending college and cutting the achievement gap in half by 2015. “These funds are not budget relief in any way,” Carvalho stated.

The Superintendent for Broward, James F. Notter, plans to spend his finds on more training for teachers who can help close the learning gaps for students. Broward is the nation’s sixth-largest public school district and the largest fully accredited public school system in the country. It has over 255,000 students in more than 260 schools and education centers.

Other districts throughout Florida will also put a portion of the money toward adopting the new common core standards. Florida earned the fourth-highest score overall. The state fell behind Massachusetts, New York and Hawaii. However, Florida and New York will receive the highest amounts of funds due to their size.