ARRA “Race to the Top” (RTTT) Grant Program
About Race to the Top
Race to the Top is a $4.3 billion education reform fund, made available by the U.S. Department of Education as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Race to the Top Phase 1 applications were due to the U.S. Department of Education on January 19, 2010, and 40 states plus the District of Columbia applied. By April 2009, we learned that Connecticut was not awarded Race to the Top grant funds in Phase 1. However, we are hard at work preparing Connecticut’s Phase 2 submission.
For Phase 2, the U.S. Department of Education has issued binding budget ranges based on each state’s population. Connecticut’s estimated range is $60-175 million.
Through RTTT, states are challenged to create comprehensive strategies for addressing the four central areas of reform that will drive school improvement:
- adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy;
- building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction;
- recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most; and
- turning around our lowest-achieving schools.
As noted, Connecticut was not awarded Race to the Top grant funds in Phase 1. Below is the timeline for Phase 2 submittal:
June 1, 2010: Race to the Top Phase 2 applications due
September 2010: Winners announced for Race to the Top Phase 2
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