Bennet Reminds School Districts Deadline for Initial Application for Race to the Top Grants is This Week

Grants Provide Schools, Teachers with Tools to Meet Student Needs

Initial Applications Due on August 30, 2012 

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is reminding local school districts in Colorado that the initial deadline to apply for the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top – District  (RTTD) competition is this week. 

The RTTD competition will provide nearly $400 million to support school districts in implementing local reforms that will personalize learning, close achievement gaps and take full advantage of 21st century tools that prepare each student for college and their careers. The program sets a high bar to fund those districts that have a track record of success, clear vision for reform, and innovative plans to transform the learning environment and accelerate student achievement.

“Colorado has led the country in groundbreaking education reforms,” Bennet said. “The district-level grant program can help school districts in communities across the state give teachers the tools and support they need to help kids get the education that will prepare them for college and to compete in the global economy.”

School districts wishing to apply for a grant should notify the Department of Education of their intent by August 30, 2012 at The Department will also provide technical assistance for applications. Final applications are due October 30, 2012.