School districts from across the country will compete in the Race to the Top-District Competition

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.

Find out more here. The list of districts who have submitted their intent to apply can be found here.

The Road Map Project has the dish on the Seattle/South King County application collaboration here.

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  1. Steve Nesich October 16, 2012

    Interesting. So, we’re going to spend a lot of time and money on “Race To The Top”?

    Not to sound snarky or hostile, but I’d like to know, what happens to the districts that compete and don’t “win” the “race”?

    Are those children forced to accept less than the more clever or crafty districts that “won” this competition?

    And why should those funds be some sort of contest? Don’t they all come from taxpayer dollars? Why is it okay to dole them out like gambling prizes?

    I’m not making these comments to upset anyone. I’d just like to know why our education and political leaders are participating in what many consider to be a very questionable program, with deceptive ends.

    Can you tell us why you’re doing this?


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