Thursday, January 28, 2010

Race to the Top Update - January 28, 2010

On January 12, 2010, the District School Board of Pasco County submitted its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to the Florida Department of Education. The MOU was signed by Board Chairman Altman and Superintendent Fiorentino. In Florida, 60 school districts, three lab schools and the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB) signed on to be included in Florida’s grant application. Florida’s application was delivered to the U.S. Department of Education on January 19, 2010. To view a copy of the application, visit the Florida DOE web site. Award notifications are expected to be announced in April 2010.

It is widely believed that Florida has a strong likelihood of having its application funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the District has moved forward in the planning process and begun initial investigation of the major areas outlined in the Exhibit I of the MOU, “Preliminary Scope of Work.” Each segment of the document has been assigned to a District Department for the purpose of analyzing the following key questions:

  • How does this requirement align with the District’s Strategic Plan?
  • Is the District already required to implement this requirement (or elements of this requirement) under existing state or federal regulations (i.e., Differentiated Accountability, K-12 Reading Plan, IDEA, Response to Intervention, NCLB/ESEA)?
  • To what extent is the District already in compliance with this requirement?
  • What resources does the District have in place to support implementation of this requirement?
  • What additional resources will be required to fully implement this requirement?
  • Who are the key stakeholders who are needed in order to ensure collaborative implementation of this requirement?
  • What barriers exist to full implementation of this requirement?
  • Is there information or further clarification that is needed before the District can move forward with the implementation of this requirement?

Teams will be assembled in the coming weeks to work on each segment of the plan. The District looks forward to working with all stakeholders to develop an action plan that aligns with the goals, philosophies and vision of the District while meeting the requirements of the Race to the Top Grant. The desire is to use the Race to the Top Grant funds to support the District’s progressive vision of creating a community that works together so all students reach their highest potential.

For more information on Race to the Top, please see our District RTTT education page.