Burbank Unified officials say they, too, may enter the fray as school districts throughout the nation compete for millions in federal aid money.
For the first time, the federal government is allowing individual school districts to apply for the highly competitive Race to the Top grants, which could prove to be a windfall. The highest allotments could bring in $40 million over the course of four years.
The 70-plus-page application must arrive in Washington, D.C. before Oct. 30 with the comments of each city's mayor included. Previously, the U.S. Department of Education had opened the application process only to individual states. About $400 million will be split among the recipients.
“Burbank Unified School District is weighing [its] options and will decide soon whether we will apply,” said spokeswoman Kimberley Clark.
Eligible districts must serve at least 2,000 students, and at least 40% of their students must be from low-income families.