Race to the Top agreement could bring TPS much more than $10.8M

TPS Superintendent Dr. Jerry Pecko.

The Toledo Public School District administration and Toledo Federation of Teachers leadership have come to an agreement to accept $10.8 million in Race to the Top federal grant money.

The two sides were divided over TPS's plan to cancel and then transform a teacher training and a teacher compensation program. TPS still plans to make changes to the programs but will keep them intact.

Superintendent Dr. Jerry Pecko says this agreement means more than nearly $11 million for the district because they can now apply for other Race to the Top grant money being held by the state.

"Part of our transformation plan calls for a STEM academy. STEM is one of the five areas of designation the state said we could apply for extra dollars for," said Pecko.

A STEM academy focuses on science technology engineering and math.

Joint Statement from TPS and TFT:

The Toledo Public Schools and the Toledo Federation of Teachers have sent a joint letter to the Ohio Department of Education re-stating their mutual support of the district TMs Race to the Top program and

requesting that the state release grant funds that have been held up. The beneficiaries of today TMs news are the district TMs students. Race to the Top funds are targeted for programs that improve the educational achievement of students across the district. In addition, the program focuses on students in the district TMs low-performing schools.

The District and the Federation are pleased that this program is moving forward in accordance with the original agreement that was signed by TPS and TFT. We look forward to continuing the Race to the Top initiative, which holds everyone accountable for student success, said Jerome Pecko and Francine Lawrence.