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CCSD Loses $20 Million Federal Grant Competition

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LAS VEGAS -- For the second time in a week, Nevada strikes out in getting federal grant money to improve local schools. This time, it was Clark County School District finding out it fell short in securing a nearly $20 million federal grant.

District officials are expressing their shock that CCSD fell short. They're still trying to figure out the impact this will have on expanding empowerment schools.

"What is surprising is that our empowerment schools were highlighted by President Obama in his blueprint for action report. So we are shocked we did not get the grant," said Deputy Superintendent Lauren Kohut-Rost.

CCSD's grant application asked for nearly $20 million over a five year period. It would have expanded the districts empowerment schools.

Read the full list of grant winners

The federal i3 grants required a 20-percent match from private funds. Applicants were required to show their previous success in improving student progress and graduation rates.

Clark county was one of nearly 1,700 applicants. Only 49 were chosen.

This comes just one week after Nevada lost out on the Race to the Top education grants. To make matters worse, CCSD also missed out an another $5 million grant, teaming up with a group of educators in North Dakota.

District leaders want to make it clear, the empowerment schools aren't going away, but they will expand much slower than originally planned.

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