Federal Grant Program
Race to the Top (RTTT) is a competitive federal grant program to encourage and reward school districts that serve as models within our nation's educational system. Race to the Top Districts, like the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD), are making major improvements in four areas:
- Improving standards and assessments
- Collecting and using data better
- Helping teachers become more effective in the classroom
- Turning around struggling schools
In October 2012, GJUESD submitted a $10 million grant proposal with the following goals in mind:
- Strengthen student learning through personalized learning plans
- Use technology to develop talents and increase learning options
- Use community-based service learning to help today's students become tomorrow's leaders
In December 2012, GJUESD was only one of sixteen districts in the United States to receive a RTTT grant. Our district can only use these funds as outlined in the proposal, which should be fully implemented by 2015.
The four-year grant award totals $10 million and can only be used as outlined in the proposal. The funds support the creation of student learning plans to help every child be college and career ready, new technology and learning resources for classrooms at every school, teacher training, and expanded Bright Future Learning Center (BFLC) use for students and families. We anticipate the grant will allow GJUESD to create approximately 30 new positions including certificated, classified, and administration jobs.
We must be clear that the grant funds only support personalized learning efforts. They cannot be used for other purposes, such as school landscaping needs, additional bus routes, or custodial services. It is our hope that as the state budget becomes clearer, our GJUESD Board of Trustees will have the opportunity to consider restoration of reduced services areas not funded by the grant.