School districts from 48 states and the District of Columbia will be competing in the first ever Race to the Top- District Competition.
The Department of Education announced that 893 districts have submitted their intent to apply.
In a statement to the press, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated, “I believe the best ideas come from leaders at the local level, and the enthusiastic response to the Race to the Top-District competition highlights the excitement that districts have to engage in locally designed reforms that will directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness. We hope to build on this nationwide momentum by funding districts that have innovative plans to transform the learning environment, a clear vision for reform and a track record of success.”
Applications are due October 30th. The 15 to 25 winning districts will receive a four year grant ranging from $5 million to $40 million. Winners will be announced no later than December 31st.
The Road Map Project has the dish on the Seattle/South King County application collaboration here.