Race To The Top
What is the Race to the Top program?
The Race to the Top program is authorized under sections 14005 and 14006 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Race to the Top is a competitive grant program to encourage and reward States that are implementing significant reforms in the four education areas described in the ARRA: enhancing standards and assessments, improving the collection and use of data, increasing teacher effectiveness and achieving equity in teacher distribution, and turning around struggling schools.
Only two states – Delaware and Tennessee – were named winners in the first phase of the competition, leaving more than 78 percent of the total grant pool to be distributed in Phase 2. Nine states – Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island – and the District of Columbia received a total of $3.3 billion the second time around, with the top five recipients accounting for more than three-quarters of the total awards in Phase 2.
The state of Florida was awarded $700,000,000 in Race to the Top funds, with 50% of the funds being used at the state level and 50% reserved for participating school districts. Districts requesting Race to the Top funds submitted individual plans. District plans were required to align with Florida's Application and Memorandum of Understanding. The state provided a prescriptive template for all district applications.
Florida's Race to the Top application is founded on a theory of action that an investment in human capital will improve student achievement and Lake County School District's plan supports this. We see Race to the Top as an opportunity to collaborate with all of our stakeholders, to improve communication and to receive input from our teachers, support staff, parents, students, front-line administrators, the Board and the community. Our Race to the Top project is about implementing real reform that's grounded in research and building capacity to prepare Lake County School District for the future - NOW!