The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has announced that 16 applicants—representing 55 school districts across 11 states and the District of Columbia—have won the 2012 Race to the Top–District competition. These districts will share nearly $400 million to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare all students to succeed in college and in their future careers. The 2012 grantees will receive 4-year awards that range from $10 million to $40 million, depending on the number of students served through the plan.
The purpose of the Race to the Top–District competition is to build on the lessons learned from state competitions conducted under the Race to the Top program and to support bold, locally directed improvements in learning and teaching that will directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness. Applicants from all districts were invited to demonstrate how they can personalize education for all students and provide school leaders and teachers with tools that help them best meet their students' needs.
For more information, go to the ED website or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.