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U.S. Department of Education Funding

Race to the Top I3 (Innovation Grant FundsAEMDD (Arts in Education Model Dissemination and Demonstration Grants

Race To The Top Fund

JUST RELEASED: 2012 Race to the Top-District Competition Application
On Friday afternoon (8/10/12), the U.S. Department of Education posted the final application and other materials for the 2012 Race to the Top-District competition. The purpose of this nearly $400 million program is to build upon the lessons learned from previous state-level competitions and support bold, locally directed improvements in teaching and learning that will directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness. Applicants are invited to demonstrate how they can personalize education for all students in their schools. The De partment plans to support high-quality proposals from applicants across a varied set of school districts, including rural and non-rural as well as those already participating in a Race to the Top grant and those not currently participating. Webinars and conference calls will be offered over the coming weeks to provide technical assistance, and interested districts are requested to submit their intent to apply by August 30. Applications are due October 30. Awards will be announced no later than December 31, 2012. Any questions on the new program may be directed to

Race to the Top-District homepage
Fast Facts
Executive Summary
Press release

Learn more about NAEA’s feedback during the public comment period for Race to the Top: NAEA Comments on Race to the Top Guidelines

More about the U.S. Department of Education’s Race To The Top Initiative:
U.S. Department of Education Race to the Top Fund

From NAEA's News Feed:

Report Roundup: NCLB Waiver Applications Analysis (ASCD Capitol Connection, 8/7/12)
Race to Top, Waivers Require Support, N.Y. Chief Says (July 27, 2012, State EdWatch Blog)
Second-Round Waivers Draw Mixed Review (July 27, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
Spellings, Alexander Debate Future of No Child Left Behind Act (July 26, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
Six More States, D.C. Get NCLB Waivers (July 12, 2012, Education Week Politics K-12 Blog)
House Panel OKs Bill to Scrap Race to the Top, SIG, i3 (July 18, 2012, Education Week Politics K-12 Blog)
NCLB waiver means changes to education in Va (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/16)
More Than Half of States Now Have NCLB Waivers (Education Week, 7/18/12)
Ten Years of Arts Integration (
Arts Education video from the U.S. Department of Education (released 7/12/12)
Ten Years of Unleashing Creative Minds ( blog)
School District: Race to the Top Money Not Worth the Effort (July 12, 2012, McClatchy-Tribune)
Dept. of Ed.: NCLB Waivers Won't Get States Out of Data Reporting (July 12, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
Alabama, Alaska Offered NCLB Flexibility (July 9, 2012, Associated Press)
Could NCLB waivers offer a roadmap to reauthorization? (eSchool News)
Obama Administration Approves Two More States For NCLB Flexibility – More Than Half of the Country Now Approved for Waivers, More to Follow (
Washington State and Wisconsin Approved for NCLB Waivers (July 6, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
Ed. Dept. Pauses NCLB Clock for Some States (July 3, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
124 Applicants Invited to Compete in 2012 i3 Development Competition (
Obama Administration Approves Five More States for NCLB Waivers (
Five More States Get NCLB Waivers
George W. Bush Institute Examines NCLB Waivers (June 2012, Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog)
Which Districts Are Getting Race to the Top Buzz? (June 2012, Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog)
Iowa Asks for 'One-Year Freeze' on NCLB Accountability (June 2012, Education Week/Politics K-12 Blog)
District ‘Race to the Top’ rules spur mixed reaction District ‘Race to the Top’ rules spur mixed reaction (eSchool News, 6/27/12)
Saluting Presidential Scholars: Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (
WANTED: Peer Reviewers for i3 Grant Competition Applications (
Coalition recommends changes to latest Race to the Top (The Huffington Post, 6/8)
Comments Pour In on Race to Top for Districts Plan (June 8, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
Districts Gear Up for Race to Top Scramble(Education Week, 6/5/12)
Ed Dept. Weekly Update: Approved: Eight More States Get NCLB Waivers (
Some States Wary of New Race to Top Cash (Education Week)
NCLB Waivers: More Time, New Goals, But Still: Those Tests! (May 30, 2012, Curriculum Matters)
Race to the Top Redux (Education Week, 6/1/12)
Obama Administration Approves Eight More States for NCLB Waivers (
Approved: Eight More States Get NCLB Waivers (
NCLB waivers are granted to 8 more states (The New York Times, 5/29)
Newest Race to the Top Focuses on Districts That Personalize Education (
BLOG: Eight More States Get NCLB Waivers (May 29, 2012, State EdWatch Blog)
BLOG: Including, Excluding Students with Disabilities under NCLB
RTT for Districts: Four Things I Don't Love (Education Week)
BLOG: Is the Word 'Innovation' Bad for Education? (Education Week)
Weekly Update: Announcing the Race to the Top District Competition (
The Race to the Top District Competition - Remarks by Arne Duncan (
U.S. Education Officials to Join State and District Leaders from 41 States for Conference on Strengthening the Teaching Profession (
Announcing the Race to the Top District Competition (
District-Level Race to the Top to Focus on the Classroom, Provide Tools to Enhance Learning and Serve the Needs of Every Student (
White House Domestic Policy Council Director and Deputy Director Join Secretary Duncan to Announce Proposed Criteria for Race To The Top District-Level Competition (
Race to the Top dollars to go to districts that personalize instruction (The Huffington Post, 5/22)
Rules on Way for District Race to Top Contest (May 22, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
District of Columbia NCLB waiver request hits roadblock (The Washington Post, 5/18)
Calif. NCLB waiver request differs from other states' (Education Week, 5/16/12)
NCLB Waiver Plans Push School Grading Systems (Education Week, 5/9/12)
9th Circuit Rules on 'Highly Qualified' Teachers Under NCLB (May 10, 2012, The School Law Blog)
Wis. bid for NCLB waiver falls short, federal review finds (Wisconsin State Journal - Madison, 5/14)
Calif. officials prepare NCLB waiver request (Education Week/Politics K-12 blog, 5/4)
Hawaii Ed. Board OKs Evaluation Plan, What's Next for Race to Top? (April 19, 2012, State EdWatch Blog)
Sluggish Pace for Race to Top Spending (Education Week, 4/17/12)
Race to the Runner-Up (
The State of States Preschool—and Round Two of the RTT-Early Learning Challenge (
New $133 Million Available for Race to Top Early Learning Grants (April 9, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
The 2012 Race to the Top Fund Continues Investments in Statewide Systems of High Quality Early Education Programs (
NCLB Waivers for Districts No Easy Sell With States (Education Week, 4/2/12)
ED Releases New Report on Arts Education in U.S. Public Schools (, 4/3/12)
NCLB Waivers for Districts No Easy Sell With States
Think NCLB Waivers Mean an End to SES? Think Again (March 30, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
ED Releases New Report on Arts Education in U.S. Public Schools(
Are latest NCLB waiver applicants taking lessons from earlier round? (Education Week, 3/28)
Latest NCLB Waiver Hopefuls Learned From First Round
Education Department Senior Official to Discuss Early Progress of Race to the Top Program
Ed. Dept. to Split Race to Top Money Between Districts, Early Ed. (March 26, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
Florida and Hawaii Get Dinged Again for Race to Top Woes (March 26, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
Districts could be eligible for NCLB waivers (Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (3/19)
Education Secretary Duncan to Visit Delaware to Discuss Race to the Top Progress
ED and Its Art (
What Happened in February at ED?
Weekly Update: A Wake-up Call to Education from
VIDEO: Race to the Top - Voices from the Third round
Deputy Secretary to Visit Mississippi, Join U.S. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson to Tour Schools and Discuss Obama Administration’s New Initiative to Enhance the Teaching Profession
Three more states propose alternatives to NCLB (The Washington Post, 2/25)
Santorum Would 'Eliminate' No Child Left Behind Act (February 22, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
Critics: NCLB waivers are not as flexible as promised (Education Week, 2/22)
Ed. Dept. to Closely Monitor Subgroups in NCLB Waiver States (February 23, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
Federal K-12 Footprint at Core of ESEA Hearing
More states to apply for NCLB waivers (Connecticut Post/AP, 2/21)
Lessons From NCLB (February 13, 2012, Learning Forward's PD Watch Blog)
Maine, New Hampshire Won't Apply for NCLB Waiver Just Yet (February 13, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
New Mexico Granted NCLB Waiver, Federal Officials Say (February 15, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
New Mexico is 11th state to receive NCLB waiver (United Press International, 2/15)
States are offered temporary relief from NCLB(Education Week/Politics K-12 blog, 2/15)
NCLB Waiver Cheat Sheet: How to Win in the Second Round (February 15, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
Department of Education Approves New Mexico's Request for Flexibility from No Child Left Behind
How will NCLB waivers affect disadvantaged students? (Education Week, 2/9)
States and Education Community Weigh In on First Round of NCLB Flexibility (
Lawmaker proposes "Student Success Act" to replace NCLB (The Washington Times, 2/9)
Broad Changes Ahead as NCLB Waivers Roll Out

Obama to Highlight Education in Budget Rollout (February 13, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
NCLB Waivers: Implications for Testing, Standards Implementation (February 10, 2012, Curriculum Matters Blog)
Our Children Can't Wait for Congress to Fix No Child Left Behind, Announces Flexibility in Exchange for Reform for Ten States
10 States Get NCLB Waivers (February 9, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
ED: States applying for NCLB waivers should do more to reach students (eSchool News)
Race to the Top: Voices From the States (, 2/01/2012 03:26 PM EST)
VIDEO: Race to the Top: Voices from the States
Conn. leaders promote reform agenda ahead of NCLB waiver bid(The Wall Street Journal, 2/1)
Lawmakers concerned about accountability drop under NCLB waivers(Education Week, 2/1)
States not setting bar high enough in NCLB waivers, officials say (The Washington Post, 1/30/12)
Does President Obama Know What Race to the Top Is? (January 31, 2012, Bridging Differences Blog)
Business, Civil Rights Groups Blast NCLB Proposal (January 25, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
Obama Proposes New Race to Top Aimed at Higher Ed (January 27, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
Duncan Meets With Fla. Officials Over Race to Top Concerns (January 26, 2012, Associated Press)
John Kline's No Child Left Behind bills strike at values of Brown v. Board, coalition writes (Huffington Post, 1/25/12)
How NCLB rewrite would perpetuate problems for struggling schools (WaPo, 1/17)
NCLB Waivers: The Details in the Devil's Bargain
Politics K-12 Blog: Duncan: It's Time to Create Race to Top for Districts
Reports Detail Challenges for Race to Top Winners
Some States Skeptical of NCLB Waivers
NCLB and the Issue of Accountability (January 12, 2012, Top Performers Blog)
Race to Top States Dinged, But Not on Common Core (January 10, 2012, Curriculum Matters Blog)
‘Let’s Not Weaken It’: An Exclusive Interview with George W. Bush on NCLB
Whose children have been left behind? Framing the 2012 ed debate (Washington Post, 1/2/12)
Analysis: NCLB has not lived up to expectations of 2002 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/AP)
3 states are cited for lack of progress on Race to the Top plans (The New York Times, 1/10/12)
Big Race to Top Problems in Hawaii, Florida, N.Y., Says Ed. Dept.
Department Releases State Reports Profiling First-Year Progress Under Race to the Top (
NCLB: The Death Star of American Education (January 10, 2012, Bridging Differences Blog)
After 10 Years, It’s Time for a New NCLB
NCLB: Perspectives on the Law (Education Week, 1/5/12)
CCSSO to Congress, Obama: Write a Bipartisan NCLB Bill (January 5, 2012, Politics K-12 Blog)
Challenges Await RTT Early-Learning Winners
(Education Week, 1/3/12)

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i3 (Innovation) Grant Funds

Investing in Innovation Fund Overview
The full list of grantees, and links to their grant descriptions, can be found on the U.S. Department of Education's website:

NAEA Comments on Investing in Innovation (i3) Guidelines

From NAEA's News Feed:

124 Applicants Invited to Compete in 2012 i3 Development Competition (
Peer Reviewers Wanted for i3 Grant Competition Applications (
i3 Grant Competition Deadlines Approaching (
2012 Funds Now Available for Third Round of Investing in Innovation (i3) Scale-up and Validation Grants (
Investing In Innovation Grants (
i3 Grant Puts “I” in Team (
Department Launches Pre-Application for 2012 Investing in Innovation Development Applications (

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AEMDD (Arts in Education Model Dissemination and Demonstration Grants)

The program supports the enhancement, expansion, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative, cohesive models that demonstrate effectiveness in:
• Integrating into and strengthening arts in the core elementary and middle school curricula;
• Strengthening arts instruction in those grades; and
• Improving students' academic performance, including their skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts.

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