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Race to Top funds used for training
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When Tennessee was awarded $500 million in federal Race to the Top funding last year, the state took half and divided the rest among local school districts around the state. Each district received a share of the money, distributed over four years, beginning in March 2010.Individual district grants ranged from about $45,000 for the Richard City Special School District to $68.6 million for Memphis City Schools.The Warren County School System received approximately $1.44 million, which amounts to around $360,000 per year over the four-year period.According to a new report from the state comptroller’s office, school systems spent the money in a variety of ways, with the most common being instructional coaches for teachers ($20 million), leadership training ($17.5 million) and incentive pay plans that reward teachers for exemplary performance or teaching at hard-to-staff schools ($16.9 million).Warren County is spending the money along similar lines, according to Bonnie Collier, who served as professional and community development coordinator prior to her retirement this summer. Collier says the system spent a major portion of its funds to hire personnel to provide training and support for the new teacher evaluation process recently implemented by the state.“We divided our money equally between the four years,” Collier said.