Race to the Top Draft Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria Overview

National Alliance

On Wednesday, July 29th, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) formally released its proposed priorities for the Race to the Top Fund (R2T) authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). These priorities prominently feature public charter schools as an effective reform that states need to embrace to increase their chances of winning an R2T grant. The final version of the priorities can be found here. The DOE has published these draft priorities enabling the public to comment before they are finalized. When finalized, these priorities will outline the qualifications and requirements for winning a R2T Grant. As such, it is important that the public comment in support or opposition to elements with which they agree or disagree by August 28th, 2009. The National Alliance will be submitting formal comments on behalf of the charter school movement in support of the strong references in the draft to the role of charter schools and criteria around states supporting high-quality charter school movements. Read the Alliance statement on the draft guidelines here. Download the complete overview of the R2T below.