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School district lone Georgia finalist for federal grant
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Forsyth County News
The Forsyth County school system confirmed Thursday that it is one of the U.S. Department of Education's 49 finalists, and the only one from Georgia, for a 2010 Investing in Innovation Fund, or i3, grant.

According to a news release from the local district, nearly 17,000 applications were received to compete for $643 million in federal funds.

Forsyth County's program, which is known as Engage ME-PLEASE, is up for $4.7 million in federal funds. PLEASE stands for personalized learning experiences accelerate standards-based education.

Superintendent Buster Evans said in a statement that the grant is "truly a potential grand slam for our system."

"While challenging economic times have us struggling to do all of the innovative, positive things to support education in Forsyth County, this is clearly the opportunity of the decade to continue the quest we have to be one of America's premier school districts," Evans said.

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