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Oklahoma City Public Schools outlines Race to the Top grant wish list

Oklahoma City Public Schools will request more than $30 million in federal funding to create five programs designed to personalize student learning. The Race to the Top grant must be submitted this month.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: October 16, 2012
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Oklahoma City Public Schools will request more than $30 million from the U.S. Education Department through the ultracompetitive Race to the Top grant program.

Jackie Mania, innovative programs coordinator for the district, outlined the grant request for the Oklahoma City School Board at the board's meeting Monday night.

About 900 school districts nationwide are vying for about 20 grants worth up to $40 million each, Mania said.

The grants are designed to ratchet up personalized learning for students.

The district is requesting funds for five projects:

Expand the high school academy concept by adding new academies and hiring people to coordinate curriculum and internships. $10 million.

Create a Race to the Top district office with about five staff members to coordinate implementing the grant. $1.7 million.

Create a Professional Development Academy, a common place for all kinds of teacher and staff training. $2.9 million.

Give each student at the high school academies a laptop to use for the school year at school and at home. $13.6 million.

Use Edmodo, a web-based learning system, throughout the districts. $4.1 million.

Race to the Top is also open to smaller side projects. Mania said the district will apply for two:

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Contracts awarded

The board awarded several contracts, including:

Saker Mechanical, $1.7 million to replace old chillers at Bodine Elementary, Greystone Upper Elementary and Rogers Middle School.

ACT Inc., $120,000 for test prep materials.

The Mandt System, $41,000 for professional development.

NCS Pearson, $78,000 for professional development.

OddysseyWare, $157,000, web-based learning programs for students.

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