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CCSD, union reach deal on 'Race to the Top' application

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The Clark County School District and its teacher's union agreed Friday to go forward with applying for a federal grant which could bring $40 million to southern Nevada schools.

The office of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval made the announcement on Friday, just hours before a deadline was to pass to submit an application for the so-called "Race to the Top" grant.

"I was informed this morning that the Clark County School District and the Clark County Education Association have signed the Race to the Top letter," Sandoval said. "I am pleased that by working together, leaders of education in Clark County were able to agree to get this done for our children. I look forward to continuing to work with all parties to improve education in our state."

The district and members of the Clark County Education Association were at odds over applying for the grant. The association said they wanted to help write the grant.

As reported on Thursday, Sandoval had been working with both sides to come to an agreement.

"If awarded to the Clark County School District, this grant will provide individualized instruction that will drastically improve the educational experience for our students," CCSD superintendent Dwight Jones said. "The District welcomed suggestions from the Clark County Education Association regarding the application and remains committed to competing for these much-needed funds to help increase achievement for our children."

In a short statement, CCEA president Ruben Murillo said the union is pleased to join CCSD in the application.

"Teachers look forward to a successful partnership in ensuring our students' needs are met," Murillo said.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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