Race to the Top (RTTT) grant application: What this means for your district
What this means for your district
Participation in Ohio’s Race to the Top (RTTT) program involves access to funding that is made available from the Federal Government for the purposes of education reform. At least fifty percent of the funding that Ohio receives will flow directly to participating Local Education Agency (LEA) partners throughout the state.
This grant application process falls in the midst of an especially inconvenient time between winter recess and closures around the holidays. Unfortunately, because of the compressed nature of this process and the imminent application deadline imposed by the U.S. Department of Education, the timing cannot be changed.This process represents the only opportunity for your LEA to participate in RTTT funding. Responses are required by January 8, 2010. Your district must meet Ohio’s application requirements.
Important specifics that affect your ability to participate
All LEAs, including community schools, are eligible to participate in the RTTT program. While there are specific requirements for participation based on a willingness to support Ohio’s RTTT plan, this is not a competitive process for inclusion and every LEA that meets those requirements will be eligible to receive funding based on the Title I allocation formula.
Eligibility is established by completing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU in accordance with the guidelines provided
Indicate willingness to adopt specific reforms
- Provide signatures of the required signatories
- Indicate willingness to adopt specific reforms
MOU submissions should be sent via email or U.S. Postal Service to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Michael Dougherty
Ohio Department of Education
25 South Front Street; MS 701
Columbus, OH 43215-4183
OEA has been in ongoing communication with state officials about the nature and scope of the plan they are crafting. The decision for a school district to participate on the grant will be a local one, involving the school board, the administration, and the local association. OEA will be providing updates to local leaders so that you can structure meaningful deliberations about the value of supporting or not supporting your school district's participation.
We know Ohio will leverage this opportunity to accelerate the existing reform agenda. Some of Ohio’s RTTT grant will be used to support structural improvements to the system broadly. Our data systems, academic standards and associated assessments, and teacher preparation programs, are among the areas in which ODE will invest to prepare and support educators effectively.
Download MOU information that details more specifically the expectations that Ohio has for LEAs use of RTTT resources.
Download Frequently Asked Questions on Race to the Top