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Agency for 29 Wisconsin school districts still in hunt for "Race to the Top" grants

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI (WTAQ) - An agency that serves 29 school districts in northwest Wisconsin is still in the running for the latest round of federal education funds.

The Cooperative Educational Service Agency Number 10, based in Chippewa Falls, is the only Wisconsin group which made the final round for the next “Race to the Top” grants.

There are 61 finalists. And the U.S. Education Department is expected to award up to 25 grants by the end of the year, ranging from $5 million to $40 million for the first four years of their projects.

The newest competitive grants are designed to create more personalized education for youngsters – and to encourage schools to develop tools that can better meet student needs.

Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, and Beloit also applied for the money – but they did not advance in the national competition.

The Chippewa Falls agency provides a host of services to school districts that range from staff training to public relations. 

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