Bay Path OKs a Race to the Top
January 11, 2010
CHARLTON — Changing one's mind may not be a bad thing.
The Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School Committee Monday reversed a prior decision to forego new federal education money — opting now to participate in the program.
In a unanimous vote, the committee agreed to sign a memorandum of agreement with the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that will make it eligible for $111,600 over four years from the federal "Race to the Top" education improvement competitive grant program.
Memo submissions are due today. The Southbridge School Committee was expected to vote on the program Tuesday night.
Citing unclear explanations from state officials as to how the money would be used, the committee, in a 12-6 vote during its last meeting earlier this month, rejected signing. They also expressed concerns over rules and requirements attached to the money.
The grant program, funded through the president's economic stimulus plan, would give money to local school districts as well as the state, to track students and staff performance, according to Superintendent David Papagni.
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