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Clock ticking on CCSD for Race to the Top application

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Updated: 11/02/2012 11:07 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Time is running out to save a federal grant that could bring $40 million to the Clark County School District.

The money is part of $4 billion under Washington's Race to the Top Program and would be used to help improve ailing schools.

Gov. Brian Sandovol came to the valley Thursday to try to help mediate the situation.

The application has to be turned in today by 1:30 p.m. Friday. In order for that to happen, the district needs the Clark County Education Association to sign off on it.

The union on Thursday refused the district's request.

CCSD says the $40 million would go to hiring nearly two dozen teachers, two dozen staff members, improve classroom technology and education programs like literacy intervention.

The problem is the union says it believes teachers were not included in the drafting of this application.

“Collaboration is what we're asking for,” said Ruben Murillo of the Clark County Education Association. “We're asking for collaboration from the district when it comes to the race to the top from the beginning the middle and the end of it.

Administrators counter by saying many teachers provided input to School District officials.

“We had more than 1,600 teachers in the process who all came to the table, and all gave their feedback on this application,” said Amanda Fulkerson of the Clark County School District.

School District officials have said that if the meeting fell through, it would file the application without the required union approval and ask for a waiver.
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