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Posted: Saturday, September 8, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:46 am, Sat Sep 8, 2012.

The school districts in Galt have joined up to apply for $10 to $20 million in federal money commonly known as Race to the Top funds, but only 20 to 25 applications will be selected nationwide.

If selected in the highly competitive process, the money could go toward training stipends, supplies, equipment and services contracts, according to Superintendent Karen Schauer of the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District.

Grant funds would also help Galt Joint Union High School District to continue introducing the state's new Common Core Standards and refocusing courses of study, new Superintendent Matthew Roberts said.

"The direction of the grant aligns with the district's instructional focus of 'Every student, ready for college and career,'" he said.

Last week, the elementary school board directed Schauer to proceed with a letter of intent to the U.S. Department of Education. The district will serve as the lead agency, along with the high school district.

"When Dr. Roberts and I considered this federal proposal, we strongly felt that developing a consortium proposal with both districts together would be the most powerful approach for all Galt's students," Schauer said. "This grant is a natural fit for what we need to become high-performing school systems for 21st Century Learning.

"The proposal challenges districts to support bold reform that builds upon local efforts to demonstrate how they can personalize education for students and implement other important work to strengthen student achievement."

The application must be completed by the end of the month so that it can be reviewed for comment by the Department of Education and Galt Mayor Barbara Payne.

Nearly 900 school districts nationwide have filed a letter of intent for the estimated $400 million in available funds, according to the Department of Education.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com. For more information about local education issues, read our Education Café blog.

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