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Race to the Top … North Carolina’s Career and College: Ready, Set, Go! Initiative

RttT logoNorth Carolina is one of only 11 states, along with the District of Columbia, to receive federal Race to the Top funding.  NC’s Race to the Top (RttT) effort is an extension and acceleration of NC’s ongoing state and local efforts to increase student achievement. It provides an opportunity to build infrastructure and capacity that will strengthen our state system of public education. Receipt of this $400 million grant, designed to spur public school innovation, is a key component of North Carolina's work to continue its momentum for school improvement.


Of the $400 million allocated to North Carolina, Durham Public Schools will receive approximately $5.5 million over  four years .  Nearly $1 million is earmarked by the state for upgrades to the technology infrastructure.  Remaining RttT funds must be spent in direct support of North Carolina's plan and its four main “pillars” of work: 

  • Great Teachers and Principals
  • Quality Standards and Assessments
  • Data System to Improve Instruction
  • Turnaround of Lowest-Achieving Schools

In accordance with NC Race to the Top guidelines, Durham Public Schools submitted a proposal to North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) November 8, 2010.  The plan focuses on transforming three schools – Lowe’s Grove Middle School, Neal Middle School and W.G. Pearson Elementary School.  The proposal must be approved by DPI by the end of November 2010.  Planning begins in December 2010 for implementation in the 2011-12 school year.