The National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) join NASBE to submit a joint letter of recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education (Department) concerning the recently proposed federal Race to the Top Program competition for eligible local school districts/local education agencies (LEAs).  The Department will release the final application for LEAs in July with the application deadline in October.  The Department will announce the grantees for the $400 million competition by December 31.

The organizations recommends the following to the Department:

  • District applications must be consistent with state laws and regulations
  • Competition should promote state and local partnerships
  • Should align with state efforts to implement other federal grant programs and initiatives
  • Competition must not pose additional requirements upon states
  • Competition should ensure rural participation
  • LEAs should be eligible to apply with state consent
  • Competition should be open to all American territories