NEW JERSEY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO SPLIT $19 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS

More than half of all school districts in the state will share $19 million in federal Race to the Top funding to help prepare for new curriculum, state tests and teacher evaluations.

The state Department of Education announced Friday that 344 school districts will get grants based on their eligibility for federal Title I funds for disadvantaged children. Locally, urban districts — including Atlantic City, Pleasantville, Millville and Vineland — will get the most money, with Pleasantville getting almost $107,000 and Atlantic City receiving $268,000. But the majority of area districts have enough at-risk children to qualify for some funding.

Another 28 districts are participating in the reform programs but are not eligible for funding, including Mainland Regional High School, Linwood and West Cape May.

New Jersey received $38 million in Race to the Top funds but will use the other half of the money for state education reform measures. The state also plans to expand charter school authorizing practices. Currently only the education commissioner can authorize and monitor charter schools, but bills have been proposed to allow state colleges to participate.

Acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf said in a news release that the funds can be used to train teachers on the new teacher-evaluation system and implementation of the new Common Core State Standards. New Jersey is one of 44 states that have adopted national Common Core standards in math and language arts and is developing new tests to align itself with those standards.

Cerf earlier this month told school districts to prepare to implement a new teacher-evaluation system by 2013-14. Currently 11 districts, including Ocean City, have received grants for a pilot program, and the state plans to award grants to about 30 more districts for 2012-13. But even districts that do not get grants must begin to prepare for the new evaluation system that will be linked to student performance on state tests.

Following is a list of local school districts that received grants from New Jersey’s federal Race to the Top allocation.

ATLANTIC COUNTY

Atlantic City $267,957

Atlantic Co. Vocational $15,430

Buena Regional $60,870

Charter Tech High School $5,656

Egg Harbor City $30,895

Egg Harbor Twp. $59,045

Estell Manor $1,646

Galloway Community C.S. $9,708

Galloway Twp. $35,929

Greater Egg Harbor Reg. $30,607

Hamilton Twp. $37,373

Hammonton $58,292

Mullica Twp. $12,014

Oceanside C.S. $24,924

Pleasantville $106,580

Somers Point City $30,433

Weymouth Twp. $4,221

BURLINGTON COUNTY

Bass River Twp. $1,373

CAPE MAY COUNTY

Cape May Co. Vocational $5,527

Dennis Twp. $5,838

Lower Cape May Regional $20,007

Lower Twp. $30,302

Middle Twp. $46,550

North Wildwood $9,540

Ocean City $18,408

Sea Isle City $4,189

Upper Twp. $8,380

Wildwood City $50,035

Wildwood Crest $5,096

Woodbine $15,010

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

Commercial Twp. $34,235

Cumberland Regional $19,068

Deerfield Twp. $8,558

Downe Twp. $6,153

Fairfield Twp. $26,424

Greenwich Twp. $914

Hopewell Twp. $14,835

Lawrence Twp. $21,197

Maurice River Twp. $7,508

Millville $153,774

Millville Public Charter $2,295

Stow Creek Twp. $1,954

Upper Deerfield Twp. $28,971

Vineland $297,855

Vineland Public Charter $5,249

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY

Eagleswood Twp. $1,420

Little Egg Harbor Twp. $26,210

Ocean Twp. $8,095

Pinelands Regional $18,027

Stafford Twp. $21,272

Tuckerton $6,624

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