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States to compete for extra stimulus dollars

WASHINGTON (AP) - States and school districts will soon be able to compete for $5 billion in economic stimulus money to enact school reforms sought by President Barack Obama.

The $5 billion fund is Obama's big shot at overhauling schools over the next couple of years.

Obama and his education secretary, Arne Duncan, plan to lay out how states can win the money Friday at the Education Department.

The president will use the money to prod states to toughen academic standards and find better ways to recruit and keep effective teachers. To get the money, states will also need to be able to track student performance, and they will need a plan of action to turn around failing schools.

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