Issue Brief 9-27
August 12, 2009

On July 29, 2009, the Department of Education (ED) published a proposed notice in the Federal Register that specifies the federal requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for the Race to the Top Fund (CFDA # 84.395), a new grant program authorized and funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, P.L. 111-5). (The fund is referred to in the statute as the State Incentive Grant Fund.) The Race to the Top Fund provides $4.3 billion in competitive grants to encourage and reward states that are implementing significant education reforms.

ED invites the public to submit comments on the proposed notice on or before August 28, 2009. The notice can be found at