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Monday, August 17, 2009

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(850) 245-0413

Florida Department of Education Seeks Input for Race To The Top Application
~ Web site will collect innovative ideas to help Florida pursue additional federal funds ~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Education has created a Web application for school districts and others to provide ideas for consideration in the state’s Race to the Top application. Announced as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the $4.35 billion Race to the Top fund represents the largest ever federal competitive investment in school reform and will reward states for past accomplishments and create incentives for future improvements.

“To help secure Florida’s participation in this incredible opportunity, we will need to tap into our communities and schools where individuals are working daily to enrich and improve the lives of our students,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “I strongly encourage anyone with a new and innovative idea to visit this site and share their thoughts on how we can further improve Florida’s education system.”

The Web application contains an online submission form that is open to the general public and allows for entries of up to 1,000 characters for each of the assurances identified in the federal Race to the Top guidelines. The assurances are:

  1. Standards
  2. Assessment
  3. Data Systems
  4. Great Teachers and Leaders
  5. Struggling Schools

The Department will collect public input from this online submission site from August 14 to September 11. Once this period closes the Department, in consultation with school districts and education stakeholders throughout the state, will compile and review all input to determine the best ideas to include in Florida’s grant application.

To provide feedback for Florida’s application for these funds, visit http://www.fldoe.org/Commissioner/RaceToTheTop.asp. For more information about Race to the Top, visit http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/programs.html.