In Michigan
5:14 pm
Fri January 8, 2010

Some Michigan schools won't join Race to the Top

LANSING, MI –
Some Michigan school districts are choosing to not participate in the state's plan to try and win up to $400 million in federal cash for schools.

Several Oakland County school districts are among those saying Friday they won't sign documents endorsing Michigan's Race to the Top plan.

That means those districts wouldn't get money from the Obama administration competition even if Michigan is chosen as one of the program's state-level winners.

State applications for Race to the Top are due Jan. 19. Most states won't win any money from the competition even though they're agreeing to widely change education policy.

Some of the Michigan districts choosing to not endorse the plan have very little financial incentive to participate. Bloomfield Hills would get only $43,000 from the program.