Educators in Delaware and Tennessee were celebrating Monday after learning their states will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in extra education funding under the Obama administration's "Race to the Top
A total of 40 states and Washington, D.C., were vying for a portion of $4.35 billion aimed at boosting underperforming schools. Fifteen finalists were announced earlier this month.
Delaware won as much as $107 million and Tennessee could be awarded $502 million, The Washington Post
reported. The money will be spread out among every school in both states.
Georgia and Florida just missed the cut.
An outside panel of judges graded the finalists in 19 categories, including a state's track record, openness to charter schools and use of testing systems to judge teacher performance, according to The Wall Street Journal. Education Secretary Arne Duncan decided on the winners.
A second round of funding will be awarded this summer.
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