Washington's Race to the Top

RttT Race to the Top
a.k.a Race to the Middle
a.k.a Run for the Money

Washington is making a run for the money. Wouldn't you jump on board? After all, there is $ 3.4 billion up for grabs. Washington is willing to sell the state's education soul to the federal government for between $22 to $34 per student per year for each of four years.

Listen to a Washington State School Directors' Association podcast interview with Alan Burke, OSPI Deputy Superintendent.

Interview: Washington's Race to the Top

Gov. Chris Gregoire and other state officials are asking school districts to join in the state's application for up to $250 million in federal Race to the Top funds. In this interview, OSPI's Alan Burke discusses why the state is applying and what districts need to know about the process.

Washington's Race to the Top application packet contains (download the packet pdf)

  • Letter from Chris Gregoire, Governor; Randy Dorn; Superintendent of Public Instruction; and Jeff Vincent, Chair State Board of Education
  • Information about the submittal process for participating districts
  • Washington State Partnership Agreement between OSPI and District defining Race to the Top Program Participation
  • Required & Optional/Competitive Components for Participation in Washington's Race to the Top Application
  • WA Estimated RttT Allocations for Required Portion of Participation Components

Part of the Race to the Top commitment is adoption of the Common Core State Standards.

Do the Math. While there may be $3.4 billion up for grabs nationally, Washington's estimated four year RttT allocation total is $ 137,271,000 ($34,317,750 per year for four years). That four year total is less than the $185,685,388 2009-2010 Title I allocation. The RttT estimated allocation amounts to a $138.88 per student total for four years or $34.72 per student per year for each of four years. These figures came from or where calculated based on the information in the WA Estimated RttT Allocations for Required Portion of Participation Components provided in Washington's Race to the Top application packet.

Washington’s Race to the Top Grant Application April 20, 2010 Memo from Alan Burke, OSPI Deputy Superintendent to Educational Service District Superintendents, Educational Service District Assistant Superintendents, School District Superintendents, School Building Principals, Education Associations. This memo is seeking school district support. BULLETIN NO. 021-10 K-12 EDUCATION

Washington State's RttT

Washington’s “Race to the Top” Proposal
October 2009 Overview document

FROM: Randy I. Dorn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
RE: U.S. Department of Education Investment in Innovation Fund (i3) grants

Gov. Gregoire and Supt. Dorn heavily promote RttT to get districts to Sign On

Wishkah is first school district to sign state grant application
JACOB JONES - The Daily World April 17, 2010

Tacoma schools endorsement for Race to the Top funding brings governor

On May 12, tell school board to vote no to RTTT
Laurie Rogers May 10, 2010 Betrayed - Why Public Education Is Failing

Race to the Top and Federal Code/Law

Does RttT violate Federal Code section 3403?
Dan Dempsey 09/05/2010 EducationNews.org

20 USC Sec. 3403 01/05/2009


Sec. 3403. Relationship with States

(a) Rights of local governments and educational institutions
It is the intention of the Congress in the establishment of the
Department to protect the rights of State and local governments and
public and private educational institutions in the areas of
educational policies and administration of programs and to
strengthen and improve the control of such governments and
institutions over their own educational programs and policies. The
establishment of the Department of Education shall not increase the
authority of the Federal Government over education or diminish the
responsibility for education which is reserved to the States and
the local school systems and other instrumentalities of the States.
(b) Curriculum, administration, and personnel; library resources
No provision of a program administered by the Secretary or by any
other officer of the Department shall be construed to authorize the
Secretary or any such officer to exercise any direction,
supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of
instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational
institution, school, or school system, over any accrediting agency
or association, or over the selection or content of library
resources, textbooks, or other instructional materials by any
educational institution or school system, except to the extent
authorized by law.
(c) Funding under pre-existing programs
The Secretary shall not, during the period within eight months
after May 4, 1980, take any action to withhold, suspend, or
terminate funds under any program transferred by this chapter by
reason of the failure of any State to comply with any applicable
law requiring the administration of such a program through a single
organizational unit.

(Pub. L. 96-88, title I, Sec. 103, Oct. 17, 1979, 93 Stat. 670.)


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Saving and Creating Jobs and Reforming Education
March 7, 2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Public Law 111-5 (H.R. 1), February 17, 2009; 123 Stat. 115
As amended by Public Law 111-8 (H.R. 1105), the Omnibus Appropriations
Act, 2009; Division A, Section 523; March 11, 2009; 123 Stat. 524
see page 5 SEC. 14006. STATE INCENTIVE GRANTS.

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Obama’s Race to the Top competition won’t fix public schools
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