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REMINDER- Make Your Voice Heard in the Federal Race to the Top District Grant Competition

The Forum has been working closely with the Obama Administration to create the policies necessary for state and local collaborations to achieve collective impact. The U.S. Department of Education's draft of the new District-level Race to the Top grant competition represents a great example of how Ready by 21 concepts can be embedded into policies.
Information Update
May 30, 2012

For example:

  • Broader Partnerships: the competition gives priority to applicants who have forged a "coherent and sustainable partnership with public and private organizations, such as public health, after-school, and social service providers; businesses, philanthropies, civic groups, and other community-based organizations; early learning programs; and post-secondary institutions"
  • Bigger Goals: the competition seeks to augment schools' core resources by providing "additional student and family supports, such as addressing the social-emotional, behavioral, and other needs of the participating students."

The department is seeking comments on the regulations by June 8. It is important to let policymakers know what provisions you like as well as possible improvements. Go here for more information. The Forum is working with United Way Worldwide, the American Association of School Administrators and other national organizations to coordinate recommendations, reach out to our networks and provide support for communities interested in applying later this summer.