PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Federal education officials have given Rhode Island more time to use the last of its Race to the Top grant.
The decision was announced Thursday by Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s office. The state had asked for more time to spend the $2.4 million that remains from the $75 million federal grant. The state won the funding in 2010 and had been expected to spend it within four years but the extension will give the state until September 2015 to use the funds.
The state plans to use the remaining money to complete a professional development program and system of online resources for teachers.
The grant has also allowed the state to develop new curriculum in English language arts and mathematics, boost educator training and evaluation programs and expand charter schools.