Florida Applies for Race to the Top Grant
On Jan. 19, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist submitted Florida’s application for federal Race to the Top funding on behalf of State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair and Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith and certified by Attorney General Bill McCollum. Sixty school districts, three lab schools and the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, as well as five local teacher union presidents signed official Memorandums of Understanding pledging their commitment to the reform initiatives outlined in Florida’s application request for $1.14 billion.
If Florida is successful in obtaining a grant award, half of the total award will be distributed to participating school districts according to a federal funding formula to implement locally-developed comprehensive education reform plans focused on accelerating student learning and improving the quality of education their schools provide. The remaining funds will support state-level projects benefiting all school districts statewide. Award notifications are expected to be announced in April, 2010.
To view a copy of Florida’s Race to the Top application, visit http://www.fldoe.org/arra/racetothetop.asp.