Academic standards for Race to the Top funding approved; SFUSD applies for additional grant 

The California State Board of Education unanimously approved academic standards Monday that will allow the state to continue to compete for $300 million in Race to the Top funding.

The deadline to approve the standards and continue with its application for millions of federal dollars was Monday.

Nearly 30 states have already adopted the standards, according to the state board of education. The standards, though, require districts to buy new textbooks and retrain teachers for new tests.

Carlos Garcia, San Francisco’s schools superintendent, helped with the state application for the Race to the Top money. Adoption of the standards are required before states can continue to compete for the funding.

California’s Department of Education will travel to Washington to present the state’s application Aug. 10.

Additionally, the San Francisco Unified School District applied for a separate grant of $50 million to overhaul 10 of the lowest performing schools in The City.

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