Race Smarter Briefs

Dear Education Reformer --

On March 29, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) took the bold step of naming only two states -- Delaware and Tennessee -- as Race to the Top (RTTT) Round 1 winners. The process was highly selective, as these two states were chosen from a group of 16 finalists from an initial pool of 41 applicants.

To assist policymakers in the Round 2 planning process, we -- Democrats for Education Reform, the Education Equality Project, and Education Reform Now -- are publishing a series of "Race Smarter" briefs, based on analysis of Round 1 applications, with the goal of informing states' efforts to compete successfully for the remaining $3.4 billion in Race to the Top funds.

We hope that these issue briefs will help state and local policymakers make the changes needed to enact education reforms that meet the very high standards set by President Obama and the aspirations and hopes we have for all of our nation's teachers and students.

Please click below to download the full introduction and a brief for each state.

We will be adding additional states, so please be sure to check back for updates.

Race Smarter Cover Letter and Summary

Colorado Race Smarter Brief

Florida Race Smarter Brief

Georgia Race Smarter Brief

Illinois Race Smarter Brief

Louisiana Race Smarter Brief

Massachusetts Race Smarter Brief

Michigan Race Smarter Brief

New Jersey Race Smarter Brief

New York Race Smarter Brief

Ohio Race Smarter Brief

Rhode Island Race Smarter Brief

Wisconsin Race Smarter Brief