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Washington to skip first round of Race to the Top

SEATTLE, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire says the state of Washington is going to wait until the second round to compete for money from a new federal fund for education reform.
     
Rather than rush to meet a January deadline for Race to the Top dollars, Gregoire says the state's education leaders have decided to wait until June.
     
Skipping the first deadline will also give the Legislature time to consider some innovative ideas when it convenes in January.
     
The federal government is seeking two rounds of state applications and final decisions on the $4 billion in grants will be made next September. Not every state will get money from this new fund and Washington was not expected to be a top contender in the first round.
     
The governor made her announcement on Friday at the Washington State School Directors Association meeting in Seattle.

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