Hartford public schools were not chosen for federal race funds this year, but school officials said being chosen as a finalist is an accomplishment.
“Although we were disappointed that our district was not selected, the fact that Hartford Public Schools were among the finalists speaks well of the direction in which we are headed,” Supt. Christina Kishmoto said in a statement. “We are particularly pleased with the many praiseworthy comments from the grant reviewers about our application.”
Sixteen applicants representing 55 school districts across 11 states and D.C. were chosen.
The U.S. Department of education said the district’s “strategy for working with constituents reflects an organizations that is truly dedicated to reform” and the high-quality plan “includes goals, activities, timeliness, deliverables and responsible parties,” according to a statement from Hartford Public Schools.
Bridgeport public schools were also among the local finalists but were not chosen.
The 2012 Race to the Top-District grantees will receive four-year awards that range from $10 million to $40 million, depending on the number of students served through the plan.
"Districts have been hungry to drive reform at the local level, and now these winners can empower their school leaders to pursue innovative ideas where they have the greatest impact: in the classroom," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "The Race to the Top-District grantees have shown tremendous leadership though developing plans that will transform the learning environment and enable students to receive a personalized, world-class education."