Race To The Top
is a $4.35 billion United States Department of Education program designed to spur reforms in state and local district K-12 education. It is funded by the ED Recovery Act as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and was announced by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on July 24, 2009. (Education Reform)
Competition for grants.
On March 29, 2010, Tennessee and Delaware were named as the only winners of the first round... Tennessee will receive $500 million and Delaware will receive $100 million.
Broadly speaking, the president wants states to do four things he considers to be reforms: toughen academic standards, find better ways to recruit and keep effective teachers, track student performance and have a plan of action to turn around failing schools.