Carrollton, KY (August 26, 2013) – It isn’t “back to school” as usual this year for 22 Kentucky school districts, including Carroll County. The nation has made a $41 million investment in the districts as a whole, and they are getting ready to prove what they can achieve.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday joined representatives of the 22 school districts today to kick off their collaborative effort titled kid-FRIENDLy (Kids Focused, Responsible, Imaginative, Engaged, and Determined to Learn). Kid-FRIENDLy won one of the two largest U.S. Department of Education District-Race to the Top (RTT-D) grants totaling just over $41 million.
Kid-FRIENDLy’s grant is the only RTT-D grant to go to rural schools. More than half of the 59,000+ students that the grant will reach live in rural, impoverished areas and one-third demonstrate risk for academic failure.
Governor Beshear said, “This grant gives Kentucky an opportunity to be an incubator of innovation that will make a dramatic difference in the lives of Kentucky children.”