Meet the 2013 Race to the Top-District Winners

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Yesterday the US Department of Education (DoE) delivered its final gift of the (already eventful!) 2013 holiday season: $120 million in Race to the Top – District (RTT-D) grants for five applicants. The winning applications represent 25 districts across five states: Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas.

 RTT-D applicants must serve a minimum of 2,000 students, 40% of whom must be eligible for free and reduced lunch (You may recognize that this population is normally served by Title I programs). Each district may apply individually or as part of a consortium if they don’t meet eligibility requirements on their own.

Successful applicants receive between $4 million and $30 million, based on the number of students impacted by the grant. After the DoE obligates the awards to grantees (always by December 31), the districts may spread out the funds across a four year term and have an additional 90 days beyond the term’s close to finish spending any remaining grant money.

According to the DoE, the highly sought-after RTT-D awards, “go to support locally developed plans to personalize and improve student learning, directly increase student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student for success in college and careers. site down .

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