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2013 Race to the Top District: Benefits for CTE?

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August 1, 2013

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2013 Race to the Top District: Benefits for CTE?

The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that it has finalized the applications for the latest round of the Race to the Top – District (RTT-D) competition. This is the second year of the individual school district competition, and will provide nearly $120 million in competitive grants to “support bold, locally directed improvements in learning and teaching that will directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness.”

Applicants for the 2013 RTT-D competition should focus their plans on personalizing education for all students and strengthening the relationship between teacher and students. For CTE, these grants may be an opportunity for districts to strengthen or develop personalization strategies for all students through CTE, such as Programs of Study, career counseling and career academies.

The exact number of grants to be awarded under this competition is unclear, but the department has stated these four-year grants will range from $4 million - $30 million. All districts are welcome to apply, and the department will ensure equal opportunity between rural and non-rural districts as well as those in states already receiving grants under the state-level, parent competition–Race to the Top (RTTT).

School districts interested in applying for these grants should consult the Department of Education’s RTT-D website. Those districts intending to apply must submit their intention to the department by August 23, and final applications are due October 3. Award winners will be announced no later than December 31, 2013.

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