If your district needs money (and in this time of economic crisis, who doesn’t?)

The “Race to the Top” Fund (R2T) is a $4.3 billion education reform program enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) will award R2T grants to states through a competitive application process.
ARRA defined four “assurances” or areas of funding priority in education: (1) standards and assessments; (2) data systems to support instruction; (3) great teachers and leaders; and (4) turning around struggling schools.
Some elements of the R2T application process, as well as application and eligibility criteria, have already been established in ARRA and are not subject to revision. On July 24, USDE released a set of proposed additional application process elements, eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and priorities that are open to public comment through August 28, after which point the USDE may make revisions before releasing the final application guidelines in Fall 2009.

For more information and application forms,