Sitting on the desk of the secretary of education are dozens of ideas bold enough to finally start solving our country's education crisis, says Melinda Gates in an editorial opinion piece for the Washington Post. They are contained in applications by 40 states and the District of Columbia for grants from the Race to the Top fund, a $4.35 billion piece of the stimulus package designed to dramatically improve student achievement. Congress established strong guidelines to guarantee that states spend Race to the Top money on audacious reforms. Many states responded with equal fortitude, submitting proposals to radically...

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