Criteria, funding limits cause some states to waver on Race to the Top

Many states that applied but did not win Race to the Top grants are questioning the Education Department's criteria in selecting only two states to receive the first round of funding and are upset about new restrictions on the amount of money states can receive. Arizona, California, Colorado and Nebraska are among those considering whether to continue in the competition. "There's a serious conversation going on here about whether it makes sense to put all that time and effort in again to reapply," said a former state official who helped spearhead California's first-round campaign.

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