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A. Vision

  1. The extent to which the applicant has set forth a comprehensive and coherent reform vision that builds on its work in the four core educational assurance areas (as defined in this document) and articulates a clear and credible approach to the goal of advancing excellence and equity through personalized student and educator support.

Absolute Priorities

For FY 2012 and any subsequent year in which the Department makes awards from any list of unfunded applicants resulting from this competition, the Department will consider only applications that, consistent with 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), meet Absolute Priority 1 and one of Absolute Priorities 2-5 described below.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Eligible applicants include only individual local educational agencies (LEAs) (as defined in this document) and consortia of LEAs.
    1. LEAs may apply for all or a portion of their schools, for specific grades, or for subject area bands (e.g., lowest-performing schools, secondary schools, feeder pattern, middle school math, or preschool through third grade).
    2. L

Background

In order to run a rigorous competition and obligate funds to grantees before December 31, 2012, the Department of Education (the Department) plans to waive formal rulemaking on this new program, pursuant to its authority in the General Education Provisions Act. However, the Department is very interested in your input.

December 23, 2011

Department of Education Awards $200 Million to Seven States to Advance K-12 Reform

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that seven states -Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania- will each receive a share of the $200 million in Race to the Top Round 3 (RTT3) fund to advance targeted K-12 reforms aimed at improving student achievement.

November 16, 2011

$200 Million Now Available for Race to the Top Round Three

Starting this week, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina can apply for a share of the $200 million Race to the Top round three fund.

September 13, 2011

U.S Departments of Education and Health and Human Services to Hold Technical Assistance Workshop on Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have invited states representatives to a technical assistance workshop on the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 11a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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