Gathering Input for California’s Race to the Top: Seizing the ARRA Opportunity

Federal Guidance

Reading List: Federal Guidance
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the U.S. Department of Education is committing over $100 billion in education investments.
Race to the Top
On July 29, 2009, the Department released proposed guidance on ARRA’s Race to the Top (RTT) Fund, which will make $4.35 billion available in competitive grants to states in two phases. Phase 1 will open for applications in late 2009, with awards made in early 2010, and Phase 2 will open in late spring of 2010, with awards to be made by September 2010. Comments on the proposed RTT guidelines are due on or before August 28, 2009.
**Race to the Top Executive Summary. (July 2009). More recent executive summary from November 2009 available at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop/executive-summary.pdf
 
8-page executive summary of the Race to the Top proposed priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria released by the U.S. Department of Education in conjunction with the Federal Register entry.
 
Race to the Top Fund, 74 Fed. Reg.144. (29 July 2009). p. 37804. Available at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/proprule/2009-3/072909d.pdf
 
Complete notice of proposed priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for the Race to the Top Fund as it appears in the Federal Register
 
School Improvement Grants
 
In addition to RTT grants, another ARRA funding source relevant to the topic of this meeting is the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program under Title I. ARRA commits an additional $3 billion in SIG funding for struggling schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring. Available at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/sif/index.html
 
ARRA and California Law
 
A crosswalk between ARRA requirements, particularly those under the proposed RTT guidelines, and current California law. Not available online.
 
**This document is considered a priority reading.