Race to the Top Informational Meetings Rescheduled

November 19, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  – The West Virginia Department of Education is hitting the road to talk about the state’s proposal for the Race to the Top competitive grant provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The state Department of Education is hosting several meetings across the state within the next few weeks to provide an overview and garner feedback on the Race to the Top proposal.

West Virginia’s final draft of how it would spend Race to the Top funding is to be ready for counties in January 2010.  Due to scheduling conflicts, the informational meetings have been rescheduled. New dates and locations include:

-Dec. 7           Bridgeport Conference Center
-Dec. 8               Holiday Inn Martinsburg
-Dec. 11         Charleston Marriott Town Center

All three meetings are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act  included $4.3 billion in Race to the Top funds that the U.S. Department of Education will award to states in the form of competitive grants to improve education quality and results statewide. The Race to the Top fund is designed to help states drive substantial gains in student achievement by supporting states in making dramatic progress. The act also earmarked $650 million for an "Invest in What Works and Innovation" fund and will be available through a competition to districts and non-profit groups with a strong track record of results.

West Virginia must show that it supports serious, coherent, and comprehensive reform.  State proposals must have a comprehensive, integrated emphasis on standards, assessment, accountability; quality educators; comprehensive data systems; and low performing schools and struggling students.

States that receive a Race to the Top grant must use at least 50 percent of their award to provide subgrants to participating local educational agencies (LEAs), based upon LEAs’ relative shares of funding under Part A of Title I. To be eligible to participate in a state's Race to the Top proposal, a district must explicitly agree to implement the plans in the state's proposal by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

Online registration for county teams identified to attend the regional meetings is available at http://wvde.state.wv.us/forms/200912-race-to-the-top. The registration deadline is November 23. 

For more information, contact Amelia Davis Courts at (304) 558-2691, or by e-mail at aadavis@access.k12.wv.us, or contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

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