Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) applauded seven King County school districts, which together were awarded a Race to the Top grant of up to $40 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The school districts are: Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila. Out of 372 Race to the Top proposals, only 16 winners, including this King County group, were selected by the Department of Education to receive a grant.
"This grant is a critical investment in King County schools, students and educators," said Cantwell. "The future of our economy and global competiveness depends on the quality of our educational system. This investment recognizes the innovation of King County educational leaders in providing students with crucial programs like STEM education and early learning. These programs are vital in preparing Washington students to succeed in the global economy."