Race to the Top-Equity and Opportunity: Support to Close Achievement and Opportunity Gaps

Race to the Top-Equity and Opportunity: Support to Close Achievement and Opportunity Gaps

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“Opportunity is who we are. And the defining project of our generation is to restore that promise.”

— President Barack Obama, January 28, 2014

Equality of opportunity is a core American value. Young people in this country—regardless of wealth, home language, zip code, gender, sexual orientation, race or disability—deserve the chance to learn and achieve. Education must provide a path to the middle class for everyone who strives to get there. Our national identity—and our economic strength— depend on it. Education cannot fix every challenge in a child’s life—but education has always served as the engine of opportunity in this country.

The need

America is not yet the country it strives to be—a place where all who are willing to work hard can get ahead and join a thriving middle class. [expand/collapse]

The goal

The goal is to support states and districts in identifying and closing educational opportunity and achievement gaps and ensuring that all students—particularly those with the highest needs—graduate from high school college- and career-ready.

The plan

The Obama administration proposes to invest $300 million in a new competitive fund, called Race to the Top-Equity and Opportunity. RTT-Opportunity grantees would aggressively target opportunity and achievement gaps. [expand/collapse]

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