After receiving 475 comments on the application draft, the US Department of Education has finalized the application for the Race to the Top- District Competition and it is now open for districts across the country to apply. RTTT-District Competition will support innovation and reform on a more local level by looking to award the winning school districts with grants ranging from 5 million to 40 million dollars over a four year period.
Secretary Duncan stated in a press release, “Race to the Top helped bring about groundbreaking education reforms in states across the country. Building off that success, we’re now going to help support reform at the local level with the new district competition. We want to help schools become engines of innovation through personalized learning so that every child in America can receive the world-class public education they deserve. The Race to the Top-District competition will help us meet that goal.”
Districts looking to apply for the grant must meet certain criteria, including serving at minimum 2,000 students (40 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch), a commitment to Race to the Top’s four core reform areas, and have signoff from district leadership.
Race to the Top launched in 2009 and is one of the Obama administration’s hallmark education initiatives. Washington was one of winners of the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge in 2011.
Read more on this announcement here.