"Race to the Top" Grants Will Shape Education Reform

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President Obama and Secretary Duncan have released the draft application for “Race to the Top” grants as well as proposed metrics for measuring state progress on the four “assurances” in the federal stimulus package’s State Stabilization Fund.

     Race to the Top is a $4.35 billion competitive grant program that gives the education secretary historic discretion in awarding funds to states that undertake aggressive, comprehensive education reforms rooted in the four pillars of the Obama education agenda.

     Because this is a competitive grant program, not all states will choose to apply, nor will they necessarily qualify for participation. On the other hand, the State Stabilization Fund metrics will apply to all states and the District of Columbia. These, too, reflect the four pillars of the administration’s K-12 agenda.

     Both proposals are subject to a public comment period, which ended August 24. The Education Trust developed recommendations for both proposals. Check back with us to learn about the progress of these two programs.