A press release from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education captures the enthusiasm of state leaders as Massachusetts submits its application for the RTTT grant. In Bedford, we view this as an opportunity to shape the next era of school reform as we continue efforts to improve what we do and how we do it in our schools. Here’s a snippet of the memo sent to superintendents from Commissioner Chester:
Two-thirds of the state’s public school districts and charter schools have signed a pledge to support the state’s pursuit of up to $250 million in Race to the Top funding, a new federal grant designed to transform public education nationwide.
In all, 256 school districts and charter schools have signed on, representing 86 percent of the state’s low-income students and 72 percent of K-12 students statewide.
“This is a great day for Massachusetts to have the partnership of so many teachers, school committees and superintendents in our efforts to transform our public schools,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “We still have much work to do to ensure that our education system serves all students and provides them with the support and guidance they need to become successful.”
“Race to the Top” is a competitive $4.35 billion grant program launched by the Obama Administration to assist states in implementing aggressive education reform strategies to turn around low performing schools and support world-class teaching and learning. Approximately 40 states are expected to apply for the funding. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Massachusetts is eligible for approximately $250 million.
The Bedford School Committee and the Bedford Education Association helped to lead this charge with their early support for RTTT.