Oklahoma strikes out again in quest for Race to the Top education funds

The U.S. Education Department announced Monday that 61 finalists were named from about 370 applications nationwide. Six applications came from Oklahoma; none were finalists.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: November 27, 2012
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The news was disappointing for Oklahoma City Public Schools, said Jackie Mania, innovative programs coordinator for the district and coordinator of the Race to the Top grant application.

But applying for the ultracompetitive grant was positive, she said. The rigorous application process helped identify needs, ideas and plans for the state's largest school district.

“We have, through great collaboration, great ideas in place to take the school district to the next level and to seek out additional funding sources to make those a reality,” she said. “We're not going to give up.”

These were the other five applications submitted from Oklahoma:

• Lawton Public Schools.

• Western Heights Public Schools.

• Purcell Public Schools with partner Noble Public Schools.

• Fort Gibson Public Schools with partners Cherokee Immersion School and Bragg, Hilldale, Okay, Oktaha and Sequoyah Wainwright school districts.

• Mountain View-Gotebo Public School with partners Arapaho-Butler, Beggs, Belfonte, Brushy, Cameron, Canute, Copan, Cyril, Dover, Eagletown, Fort Cobb-Broxton, Freedom, Gans, Greenville, Heavener, Holly Creek, Hominy, Hydro-Eakly, Locust Grove, Lone Wolf, Lookeba, Madill, Mangum, Marble City, Merritt, Morris, Newkirk, Panama, Pawhuska, Pioneer, Pocola, Porter, Quinton, Roff, Salina, Sentinel, Snyder, Stilwell, Sulphur, Thackerville, Watonga, Watts and Waukomis.