WASHINGTON (AP) - The Education Department says seven states
have won a share of $200 million in federal "Race to the Top"
dollars to improve K-12 education programs.
The winning states are Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky,
Louisiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The Obama administration has awarded billions of dollars in such
competitions to encourage changes in education that it favors. The
seven states competing in this round were all runners-up last year.
The department has said it wants to encourage them to finish and
carry out many of the changes proposed in their earlier
Competing states committed to make changes such as improving
principal and teacher evaluation systems and turning around
under-performing schools. They were asked to show specifically how
they would improve science, technology, engineering and math
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