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CESA-10 not among agencies getting "Race to the Top" funds


CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI (WTAQ) - An agency that serves 29 school districts in northwest Wisconsin will not get millions in federal education funds.

The U.S. Education Department said 16 school systems in a dozen states will share $400 million to develop personalized learning programs, and help teachers better meet their students’ needs.

But the Cooperative Educational Service Agency Number 10 is not among them. CESA-10 was the only Wisconsin group which made the final round in the first competitive grants at the district level under President Obama’s “Race to the Top” education program.

The agency is based in Chippewa Falls, and it provides a host of services to school districts that range from staff training to public relations.

Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, and Beloit also applied for the money – but the requests were eliminated earlier in the competition.

The projects that were funded received anywhere from $5 million to $40 million each.