Winning the Race to the Top Grant money was a huge victory for New York State. That was three weeks ago, now the question is where does the money go and who will it go to? Our Carmen Perez explains what the money means for local school districts.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Six hundred million six hundred and forty six thousand is the amount totaling a sweet victory for New York State.
Peggy Wozniak, Binghamton City School District Superintendent said, "Well certainly it is exciting that our state was chosen and certainly we will need the funding to move forward with the reform agenda New York State has put forth for us."
With the state's large, Race to the Top reform agenda and now an even bigger check, how does this amount of money get spent?
Catherine Klein, NYSUT director said, "They have 90 days to write a plan and then state education will decide how that money is going to get dispersed."
They, being school districts, are still unsure when they will get the money. Each school district has four distinct areas they can use the money and are busy coming up with a plan.
"We do know it will be from several areas one will be on standards and assessments that's adopting the national standards," said Wozniak.
Suzanne McLeod, Union-Endicott Superintendent said, "Using assessments to move kids forward to higher levels of achievement"
"Money will be put towards improving data and another is great teachers and great leaders," said Wozniak.
One added benefit to New York's long fight to win the money was that it forced district leaders to collaborate across the state, resulting in a solid blueprint for reform.
"It’s helped us provide a context that within this realm of high standards and 21st century expectations for kids that we do need to move forward and be very specific in our work," said McLeod.
It may be a while before districts see the money but most all agree that any additional monetary support is much appreciated.
New York State came in second, winning the maximum amount possible in the second round of the "Race to the Top" competition.