Student Opportunity Gaps

Apply for Race to the Top Competition

By August 4, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Department of Education announced this week  the Race to the Top- District competition. Districts are invited to submit an intent to apply letter by August 23 and applications by October 3.

The Race to the Top – District competition awards local educational agencies that demonstrate how they can personalize education for all students in their schools. The Race to the Top – District competition is aimed squarely at classrooms and the all-important relationship between educators and students.

If your district chooses to apply and would like a letter of support from Senator Al Franken, complete this form for Franken’s office.

The Department will host Technical Assistance Webinars in August and September. A webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 7. Learn more about the events and register.  The Department will announce the grant award in December.

Last year, the Department awarded about $383 million to 16 Race to the Top – District grantees representing 55 local educational agencies (LEAs), with grants ranging from $10 to $40 million.

Race to the Top is authorized under sections 14005 and 14006 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  The purpose of the Race to the Top – District competition is to build on the momentum of other Race to the Top competitions by encouraging bold, innovative reform at the local level. Learn more.