RFP Number: GT-22


Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness 2:
Teacher and Principal Leadership
Request for Proposals

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Legislative Authority

Race to the Top (RTTT) through New York State Education Department (NYSED)


The overarching purpose of this request for proposals (RFP) is to encourage and support eligible districts and public charter schools to develop, implement and/or enhance a career ladder as part of a comprehensive systems approach to recruitment, development, retention and equitable distribution of effective teachers and school leaders as part of their implementation of the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system required by Education Law §3012-c.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are:

  • Individual New York State public school districts (“Eligible Districts”) and public charter schools (“Eligible Charter Schools”) that have at least 25% of students from low-income families as determined using the criteria specified in Code 0198 (Poverty - from low-income family) in the New York State Student Information Repository System (SIRS), also known as the Level 2 Statewide data warehouse, for the 2011-2012 school year. A list of public school districts and public charter schools that meet this criterion, and are thus Eligible Districts or Eligible Charter Schools, can be found at http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/rfp/gt-22/eligibility.html. The eligibility list is based on the data submitted and certified by public school districts and public charter schools in the SIRS BEDS Day Enrollment Verification Report by Location of Enrollment & Student Subgroup; OR
  • Consortiums, as follows:
    • A Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)-led consortium comprised of one or more of its component Eligible Districts as consortium members; or
    • Eligible District-led consortiums comprised of Eligible Districts as consortium members; or
    • Eligible Charter School-led consortiums comprised of Eligible Charter Schools as consortium members (note: a charter management organization cannot be a lead applicant or be a consortium member)

Additional requirements:

  • Eligible Districts or Eligible Charter Schools can apply individually OR as a part of a consortium, but not both. A BOCES is not an eligible individual applicant.
  • The consortium lead must be an active participant in the consortium, providing a minimum of 20% of the grant activities, and cannot act solely as a flow-through for grant funds.
  • No public charter school or public school district, or BOCES (as applicable) may individually apply for, lead or be a member of an applicant consortium, for more than one STLE 2 grant application. An Eligible District or Eligible Charter School that received a grant under Strengthening Teacher and Leadership 1 (STLE 1) may only apply as an individual applicant for STLE 2.
  • Any Eligible District or Eligible Charter School with more than 50,000 students may not apply as part of a consortium, either as the lead applicant or a consortium member.


Source: RTTT
Estimated Funds Available: $49 million
Awards will be made subject to availability of funding by the U.S. Department of Education

Distribution of Funding

Funds available will be divided into two categories: (1) individual public school district or individual charter school awards; and (2) consortium awards. The funding allocated for individual school district/public charter school applications is $24.5 million and the funding allocated for consortium applications is $24.5 million. Please see the Award Methodology section of this RFP for additional information.

Important Dates for Awarding Grants

Applications must be received by: July 22, 2013 Anticipated Preliminary Award Notification: September 16, 2013 Anticipated Project Period: October 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015



SED Contacts

Program Matters:

Carrie Smith

Fiscal Matters:

Nell Brady

Note: All entities except for public entities exempted by the State Comptroller are required to go through the contract process. Any agency that has not previously received funding with the State Education Department should complete and submit a Payee Information Form with their application.

Questions and Answers PDF icon (221 kb) - POSTED July 3, 2013





Issue of RFP


Applicant Webinar


Final Receipt of Questions


Official Responses to Questions


Proposal Due Date


Anticipated Preliminary Award Notification


Anticipated Program Start


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Last Updated: December 18, 2013