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Jun 2, 2010 11:57 AM by Amanda Huff

MT applies for $74 million federal education grant

KALISPELL - Montana schools could be looking at more money in their budgets in the coming year. The state of Montana applied for a $74 million federal grant Tuesday.

The grant is called Race to the Top and is part of the Obama administrations effort to reform education across the country. Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau explained a plan, that was created by Juneau, Governor Schweitzer,and the State Board of Public Education, to how the money would be put to use if the state is selected to receive the grant.

"The plan looks at quality standards or what the students should know and be able to do. They look at teacher effectiveness or what are the effective instructional strategies a teacher should be doing. It looks at data systems so we can make better decisions for money in particular and looking at schools that really need to be reformed," Juneau said.

Montana School Districts had to decide whether or not to participate in the grant by ensuring they would enforce the plan locally. 332 school districts in the state signed on, which translates to 70 percent of schools and 93 percent of students in the state who could receive the benefits of this grant.

A decision on whether the state will receive the grant will be not be until September.

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