Key Issue: Race to the Top

Race to the Top 1What is Race to the Top?
Race to the Top (RTTT) is a $4.35 billion dollar education reform program enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The U.S. Department of Education awards RTTT grants to states through a competitive application process. RTTT awards will be made in two rounds. Awards were announced in March 2010 and August 2010.

Member Resources

PSEA will provide answers to address some of the questions that have been raised regarding the RTTT grant program. PSEA will circulate additional details on RTTT and its ramifications as more information becomes available. In the meantime, it is critical that you are aware of RTTT efforts in your area.

  • Race to the Top Frequently Asked Questions from PSEA members (Updated May 11, 2010).
  • Advisory: Comparing Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants - (June 2010)
    Both the RTTT and SIG programs are intended to improve student achievement in low-achieving schools, and both programs utilize funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to direct unprecedented funding toward education reform (RTTT is distributing $4.3 billion and SIG $3.4 billion this year).  Pennsylvania was not selected as a Phase 2 awardee for RTTT funds. The Obama administration plans to request funding for a third phase in next year’s budget.

On August 28, 2009 the Pennsylvania State Education Association submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education regarding regulations for Race to the Top, a $4.3 billion grant intended to reward innovation in education. Below is the text of PSEA's letter accompanying the comments.

PSEA Comments

Getting on the Right Track: Using Race to the Top funds to support research-based reforms




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