Message from Superintendent Deasy on Race to the Top Grant

November 1, 2012

Today the Los Angeles Unified School District sent an application accompanied by a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asking that the Department of Education consider the District’s application for $40 million in Race to the Top funds, despite the grant request not having received the support of United Teachers, Los Angeles. 

Although UTLA refused to be a partner in this critically important grant, I will advocate for it on behalf of the administrators, students, and faculty of this District. To that end, I have instructed staff to submit an application with all required signatures except that of the teachers' union.

I am seeking the support of the DOE to hire hundreds of faculty to support the absolute rights of all youth to a quality education.

The grant, which received unanimous support of the Board of Education, would better enable youth across the District to remain on track to graduate college-prepared and career-ready, which is a promise this administration has made to the families of more than 650,000 LAUSD students.

I want to make the case that here in Los Angeles, after months of trying repeatedly to form a partnership for youth and faculty on this issue, our students should not be penalized due to the absence of a UTLA signature.

To read my letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, click here.

To read the Executive Summary of LAUSD's Race to the Top Application, click here.

Click here to read a copy of LAUSD's Race to the Top Application. 

To read the news release, click here.