Race to the Top Facts: RTT-D
Did You Know?
The FY2012 Appropriation for the Race to the Top District (RTT-D) Competition represents the first time that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) was given Congressional authority under the Race to the Top program to grant discretionary funds to districts. Here are some other little known facts about RTT-D.
- ED received 372 applications from over 1200 local education agencies representing 48 states.
- Every district in the country was eligible to apply, including those from states who did or did not receive other discretionary funds or waivers. ED recruited 308 qualified experts from across the nation, including Higher Education, State, District and School leaders and practitioners, to serve as peer reviewers or alternates for RTT-D applications.
- In December 2012, 16 applicants were awarded RTT-D grants. The grantees are from 55 school districts across 11 States and DC.
- A key element of the Race to the Top-District competition was educator buy-in and support. Eleven of the 16 grantees had teacher union representation and secured the support of their union presidents.
- The five grantees that did not have educators represented by collective bargaining units (i.e., were in Right to Work states or part of Charter Networks without union) provided strong evidence of teacher support. For example, the Harmony Consortium from Texas provided evidence that approximately 94% of their participating educators supported the proposal. KIPP DC provided evidence of roughly 90% participating educator support.
- Awardees will receive from $10-40 million over the next four years to personalize learning and improve student outcomes.
To view grantee application or for more information on the Race to the Top- District Program, visit the RTT-D website.