District Competition Guidelines Support Partnerships

Guest post by Elizabeth Olsson, Policy Coordinator, TASC

The U.S. Department of Education released draft guidelines for the Race to the Top District (RTTT-D) competition and is accepting public comments through Friday. The Department will grant additional points to districts that establish sustainable partnerships with community organizations and other public/private partners.

TASC will submit comments that commend the Department for this competitive preference and suggest language in the proposal that emphasizes the role of community partners. We think strong school/community partnerships are the best way to provide kids and their families with a wide range of supports that promote college and career readiness.

Districts should start thinking now about how they will establish meaningful partnerships and strengthen existing ones. The RTTT-D application will be released in late June/early July and submissions will be due in October.

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About Saskia Traill

Saskia is TASC’s Vice President for Policy and Research. She leads our policy development and advocacy work, oversees independent evaluation of TASC initiatives and works with our team of TASC researchers investigating the most urgent questions in the field of expanded learning opportunities. She came to TASC and New York from the Insight Center for Community Economic Development in Oakland.