SC to learn if it wins $300M federal grant

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina education officials will soon learn if the state is the winner of a $300 million school reform grant.

The U.S. Education Department on Monday will release the first round of winners for its highly competitive "Race to the Top" grants.

South Carolina is among 16 finalists for the $4.3 billion program. It is designed to reward states that have adopted and will continue implementing innovative reforms to improve student achievement.

As part of the selection process, officials from the 16 finalists presented their proposals in Washington.

South Carolina's plans include creating a system that evaluates teachers based on how much the students in their class progress over the school year. Training and pay would be based on that review.

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