Mark Udall encouraged Colorado school districts today to apply for the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top - District competition, a program that supports implementation of local reforms to prepare students for college and careers.
"I encourage school districts throughout Colorado to apply for these competitive grants from the Department of Education," Udall said. "The Race to the Top program provides school districts an opportunity to create innovative learning environments that better prepare our youth to enter the workforce, succeed in the jobs of the future and keep Colorado and the United States leaders in the global economy."
The competitive grants will range from $5 million to $40 million over the course of four years, depending on the population of students the districts will serve through their plans. To view the finalized application for the Race to the Top - District competition, visit www.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-district. Over the coming weeks, the Department of Education will provide technical assistance to applicants through webinars and conference calls.
The deadline for interested districts to submit their intent to apply is August 30, and applications are due on October 30. The department is expected to make 15 to 25 awards, and will announce them no later than December 31, 2012.