Race To The Top – The Wrapup and Supporting Data

This web-site summarized U.S. Department of Education’s Race To The Top (RTTT) program breaking news daily from early in the program’s application process (October 2009) until after RTTT Phase II winners were announced (early September 2010).  We compiled summaries of and links to 1,375 news articles published throughout the U.S. as available, with articles organized by State in order to pin-point action at the state level.

RTTT Phase I awards to Delaware and Tennessee were announced March 29th, and after a Phase II bidding contest ten Phase II winners were announced August 24th, 2010 (District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island) . 

Congress is currently considering $1.6 billion supplemental funding for RTTT, to create a new Phase III competition.  More significantly, the ESEA re-vamp now in Congress is moving aggressively from Title I formula-based funding towards RTTT-style competitive bidding.  Race To The Top is the model around which much of future Federal education funding will likely be designed.

In addition to news articles, this site offers the reader basic background on Race To The Top (“About RTTT” tab above), and today (9/26/2010) we have added a brief summary of RTTT accomplishments (“RTTT Evaluation” above).  Educators by nature are an educated bunch, with the result being a myriad of opinions of the RTTT program.  We have attempted to summarize key facts of what has occurred, and with the power of the pen have also added brief editorial.

This web-site is maintained as a public service by Charter School Specialists, Inc., New York, NY (“About Us” tab above).  This update dated September 26, 2010 will be our last unless/until Congress approves additional funding for Phase III, at which time we will resume publication.    For the future, depending on upcoming Congressional legislation, we are considering a related web-site architected to measure effects of the competitive-bidding model on future ESEA legislation.

To our thousands of loyal readers – THANK YOU FOR YOUR ABIDING INTEREST IN IMPROVING EDUCATION!

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Public Service Bulletin – September 2012

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Texting while driving increases your likelihood of an accident by 23 times, and is primarily an issue for America’s Youth.  Please involve your High School in promoting this FREE solution. 

Go to http://www.freesafetext.com available now for Android, winter 2013 for iPhone. 

For further information on how to integrate Free Safe Text with your drivers education program,  email freesafetext@gmail.com