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Staff Turnover Affects District's 'Race to the Top'

From the Wires | 1/12/2012, 3:34 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Education says staff turnover has hindered District of Columbia school officials in implementing school reforms under the federal "Race to the Top" program. The district won a $75 million Race to the Top grant in 2010.

The education department notes that several people have served as the lead administrator of the Race to the Top money, none for more than six months, and that no one involved with writing the original application is still involved. But it says the district has still made progress toward achieving its goals.

A spokesman for the District of Columbia's Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) says the staffing issues are being addressed and that a new Race to the Top director will be in place by the end of the month.

OSSE is responsible for setting statewide policies, providing resources and support, and exercising accountability for all public education in the District.