Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia submitted applications June 1 for the second round of the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top competition to boost student achievement and advance school reform, reports the Associated Press. The program, part of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus law, will provide $4 billion in funding to states that are implementing innovative reforms—such as tying student performance to teacher evaluations—to turn around failing schools and close the achievement gap. Tennessee and Delaware were awarded $600 million in the first round. Another $350 million has been set aside for a separate competition to...

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