FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Twenty-two Kentucky school districts will share a $41 million grant in the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top-District Competition.
Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday that the consortium of Kentucky districts snared the largest grant in the national competition for district-level awards.
State officials gathered with education leaders at Simpsonville Elementary to discuss how the federal money will be used.
Beshear says the money gives Kentucky a chance to be a national leader in classroom innovation. He says it will better prepare youngsters for kindergarten and bolster college and career counseling.
The grant will reach districts with about 60,000 students combined. More than half of those students live in impoverished, rural areas.
The winning grant proposal was a joint effort by the Green River Regional and Ohio Valley educational cooperatives.