Published: Sep 21, 2010 3:52 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 21, 2010 12:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida education officials are looking for volunteers to help implement the state's $700 million "Race to the Top" grant.

The Department of Education on Monday urged teachers, administrators, parents and other interested citizens to apply for positions on eight implementation committees through Oct. 1.

Florida is one of 11 states receiving the stimulus grants to help improve schools.

Half of the money will go directly to school districts. The state will use the other half to benefit all districts.

The committees will help with statewide projects such as developing a fair and accurate way to assess student performance.

Applications can be submitted online at http://www.fldoe.org/committees/rttt-committees.asp.