DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Independent School District officials are playing host to an education dignitary Tuesday.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be visiting Pinkston High School Tuesday morning as part of the $400 Million ‘Race to the Top’ school district grant competition from the U.S. Department of Education.

Dallas ISD was named one of 61finalists for the grant, along with Aubrey ISD and the Harmony Science Academies.

Tuesday’s event will feature a tour of Pinkston High School by the Secretary and a meeting with Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles, Mayor Mike Rawlings and DISD board president Lew Blackburn.

In a statement, Miles was eager for the visit and to be a part of the grant.  “To be selected as a finalist for the Race to the Top grant is a major step in the right direction. Dallas’ Destination 2020 plan aligns closely with Race to the Top. Receiving this grant could significantly accelerate our efforts, especially in the Lincoln and Pinkston feeder patterns.”

The Race to the Top-District competition will award schools between $5 to $40 million over a 4-year period depending on the demographics of the district.

“This competition was designed to support local efforts to close the achievement gap and transform the learning environment in a diverse set of districts,” Secertary Duncan said of the grants.

The awards will be announced on December 31.

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