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About the Race to the Top Fund
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the U.S. Department of Education recently announced the $4.35 billion Race to the Top Fund. This competitive grants program will award funds to State Education Agencies to encourage education innovation and improvement across four education reform areas described in ARRA (improving teacher effectiveness, promoting national standards, developing and implementing data collection, and turning around struggling schools).

The Fund will become the largest pot of discretionary funding for K-12 education reform in the history of the United States, and represents a historic opportunity for the federal government to create incentives for dramatic improvements in the nation’s schools. 

Harvard Family Research Project’s commentary

Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) submitted recommendations to the National Register Notice regarding the Race to the Top Fund’s proposed priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria. 

HFRP both endorsed the comments submitted by the National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group, a collaborative of leaders in the family engagement field including HFRP’s Heather Weiss, and asserted that a priority criterion for awarding Race to the Top dollars should focus on the quality and depth of family engagement, especially to achieve ARRA’s goal of turning around struggling schools.

View all comments posted for the Race to The Top Fund

The Race to the Top program is posted in the Federal Register Notice. The notice and comment period is now open, which provides the public a chance to make comments and recommendations on proposed federal rules. To view comments and to add your own (the public comment period will close on August 28, 2009), visit the Race to The Top Fund’s Docket Folder Summary on

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