Office of the Deputy Secretary, Department of Education: Race to the Top--District CFDA Number 84.416

Note:
Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice.

For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice.

The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register.

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Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at:
http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html.

Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information.Purpose of Program:
The purpose of the Race to the Top--District program is to build on the lessons learned from the State competitions conducted under the Race to the Top program and to support bold, locally directed improvements in learning and teaching that will directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness.Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:
8 4. 41 6. Applicants for a grant under this competition must submit:
(1) An electronic copy of the application; and (2) signed originals of certain sections of the application.

Applicants must submit their application in electronic format on a CD or DVD, with CD-ROM or DVD-ROM preferred.

We strongly recommend that the applicant submit three CDs or DVDs.

Each of these three CDs or DVDs should include the following four files:
(1) A single file that contains the body of the application narrative, including required budget tables, that has been converted into a searchable .PDF document.

Note that a .PDF created from a scanned document will not be searchable; (2) A single file that contains all application appendices in a .PDF format; (3) A single file in a .PDF format that contains all of the required signature pages.

The signature pages may be scanned and turned into a PDF.

Consortia applicants should also include all signed MOUs or other binding agreements for each LEA in the consortium; and (4) A single, separate file of the completed electronic budget spreadsheets (e.g., .XLS or .XLSX formats) that includes the required budget tables and budget justifications (the spreadsheets will be used by the Department for budget reviews).

Each of these items must be clearly labeled with the LEA's or lead LEA's name, city, State, and any other relevant identifying information.

Applicants also must not password-protect these files.

Additionally, please ensure that:
(1) All three CDs or DVDs contain the same four files; (2) the files are not corrupted; and (3) all files print correctly.

The Department is not responsible for reviewing any information that is not able to be opened or printed from your application package.

In addition to the electronic files, applicants must submit signed originals of certain sections of the application.

An individual LEA applicant must submit signed originals of Parts IV, V, and VII of the application.

An application from a consortium of LEAs must include signed originals of Parts IV, VI, and VII of the application as well as a signed MOU from each LEA in the consortium (as described in Part XIII of the application).

The Department will not review any paper submissions of the application narrative and appendices.

All applications must be submitted by mail or hand delivery.

Whether you submit an application by mail or hand delivery, you must indicate on the envelope the CFDA number, including suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are submitting your application.

The instructions for each delivery method are provided below.

The Department must receive the application by 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on or before October 3, 201 3. If we receive an application after the application deadline, we will not consider that application.

a.

Submission of Applications by Mail.

If you submit your application by mail (through the U. S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier), we must receive your three CDs or DVDs containing the four application files, and the signed originals of the appropriate Parts (Parts IV, V, and VII for an individual LEA applicant, or Parts IV, VI, and VII and MOUs for a consortium applicant) on or before the application deadline date and time.

Therefore, to avoid delays, we strongly recommend sending the application via overnight mail.

Mail the application to the Department at the following address:
U. S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention:
CFDA Number 8 4. 416, LBJ Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20202-426 0. If we receive an application after the application deadline, we will not consider that application.

b.

Submission of Applications by Hand Delivery.

If you submit your application by hand delivery, you (or a courier service) must deliver the three CDs or DVDs containing the four application files, and the signed originals of the appropriate Parts (Parts IV, V, and VII for an individual LEA applicant, or Parts IV, VI, and VII and MOUs for a consortium applicant, on or before the application deadline date and time, to the Department at the following address:
U. S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention:
CFDA Number 8 4. 416, 550 12th Street SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-426 0. The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily between 8:00 a.m.

and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC, time, except Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays.

In accordance with EDGAR Sec.

7 5. 216 (b) and (c), an application will not be evaluated for funding if the applicant does not comply with all of the procedural rules that govern the submission of the application or the application does not contain the information required under the program.

Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Applications:
When you mail or hand deliver your application to the Department-- (1) You must indicate on the envelope the CFDA number, including suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are submitting your application; and (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a notification of receipt of your grant application.

If you do not receive this notification within 15 business days from the application deadline date, you should call the U. S. Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-628 8. The Secretary of Education is correcting an omission in the final priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria published in the Federal Register on August 6, 2013 (78 FR 47980), namely waiving the 60-day time period for a major rule to become effective under the Congressional Review Act.

Through this document, we correct this omission.

We do not change any other aspect of the final priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria, and their regulatory texts remain unchanged.

SUMMARY:
The Secretary is extending the application deadline in the FY 2013 Race to the Top--District competition for certain local educational agencies (LEAs).

The Secretary takes this action to allow more time for the preparation and submission of applications by potential applicants adversely affected by flooding in certain counties in Colorado.

The extension is intended to help these potential applicants compete fairly with other applicants in this competition.

DATES:
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications:
For LEAs located in Colorado counties designated for Individual Assistance or Public Assistance under the Presidential major disaster (DR-4145) or emergency (EM-3365) declarations resulting from the September 2013 severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides (the Affected Counties), and for consortium applicants that include one or more LEAs located in those counties, the new deadline is 4:30:00 p.m.

Washington, DC time on Thursday, October 10, 201 3.
Related Programs

Race to the Top - District Grants

Department of Education


Agency: Department of Education

Office:

Estimated Funding: $120,000,000


Who's Eligible





Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
Office of the Deputy Secretary, Department of Education: Race to the Top--District CFDA Number 84.416; Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2013

Additional Information of Eligibility:
These eligibility requirements are from the FY 2013 Race to the Top--District NFP, published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.

We may apply one or more of these eligibility requirements in any year in which this program is in effect.

(1) Eligible applicants: To be eligible for a grant under this competition: (a) An applicant must be an individual LEA (as defined in this notice) or a consortium of individual LEAs from one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

(i) LEAs may apply for all or a portion of their schools, for specific grades, or for subject-area bands (e.g., lowest-performing schools, secondary schools, schools connected by a feeder pattern, middle school math, or preschool through third grade).

(ii) Consortia may include LEAs from multiple States.

(iii) Each LEA may participate in only one Race to the Top-- District application.

Successful applicants (i.e., grantees) from past Race to the Top--District competitions may not apply for additional funding.

(b) An applicant must serve a minimum of 2,000 participating students (as defined in this notice) or may serve fewer than 2,000 participating students (as defined in this notice) provided those students are served by a consortium of at least 10 LEAs and at least 75 percent of the students served by each LEA are participating students (as defined in this notice).

An applicant must base its requested award amount on the number of participating students (as defined in this notice) it proposes to serve at the time of application or within the first 100 days of the grant award.

(c) At least 40 percent of participating students (as defined in this notice) across all participating schools (as defined in this notice) must be students from low-income families, based on eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch subsidies under the Richard B.

Russell National School Lunch Act, or other poverty measures that LEAs use to make awards under section 1113(a) of the ESEA.

If an applicant has not identified all participating schools (as defined in this notice) at the time of application, it must provide an assurance that within 100 days of the grant award it will meet this requirement.

(d) An applicant must demonstrate its commitment to the core educational assurance areas (as defined in this notice), including, for each LEA included in an application, an assurance signed by the LEA's superintendent or CEO that-- (i) The LEA, at a minimum, will implement no later than the 2014-2015 school year-- (A) A teacher evaluation system (as defined in this notice); (B) A principal evaluation system (as defined in this notice); and (C) A superintendent evaluation (as defined in this notice); (ii) The LEA is committed to preparing all students for college or career, as demonstrated by-- (A) Being located in a State that has adopted college- and career-ready standards (as defined in this notice); or (B) Measuring all student progress and performance against college-and career-ready graduation requirements (as defined in this notice); (iii) The LEA has a robust data system that has, at a minimum-- (A) An individual teacher identifier with a teacher-student match; and (B) The capability to provide timely data back to educators and their supervisors on student growth (as defined in this notice); (iv) The LEA has the capability to receive or match student-level preschool-through-12th grade and higher education data; and (v) The LEA ensures that any disclosure of or access to personally identifiable information in students' education records complies with the FERPA.

(e) Required signatures for the LEA or lead LEA in a consortium are those of the superintendent or CEO, local school board president, and local teacher union or association president (where applicable).

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Agency Email:
racetothetop.district@ed.gov

Date Posted:
2013-08-06

Application Due Date:
2013-10-03

Archive Date:
2013-11-09




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