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Wisconsin to reapply for "Race to the Top" federal school funding

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MINNEAPOLIS (WKOW) -- Both Wisconsin and Minnesota fell short in the competition for $4.35 billion in federal grants called "Race to the Top."

The U.S. Department of Education announced Monday that Delaware and Tennessee won the first round of competition. The department also disclosed the scores of the applicants.

Minnesota came in 20th with 375 points out of a possible 500 while Wisconsin came in 26th with 341.2 points. Delaware and Tennessee scored an initial 454.6 points and 444.2 points, respectively.

Click here for a full list of how Phase 1 applicants scored.

Federal officials will collect a second round of applications for the highly selective grant program in June. The states that weren't picked this time can reapply. In Phase 2, Wisconsin is in a category that will limit its award potential to $250 million.

The money is part of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus law, which provided an unprecedented $100 billion for schools.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin will reapply for "Race to the Top" federal funding, according to a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction official.

That news on the same day that a source says the U.S. Department of Education is telling Associated Press that the Department of Education has picked Delaware and Tennessee for the first round of its "Race to the Top" competition. That source told AP that Delaware and Tennessee will receive part of a $4.35 billion pot meant to encourage the use of innovative programs to improve student performance.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Communications Officer Patrick Gasper told WKOW 27 News that Wisconsin intends to reapply for Round Two. That application is due to the U.S. Department of Education by June 1.

The states chosen Monday were selected from 16 finalists. Wisconsin was not one of those 16.

The federal grant money is part of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus law, which provided an unprecedented $100 billion for schools.

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