18 states and D.C. are Race to the Top finalists

Education Secretary Arne Duncan named 18 states and Washington, D.C., as finalists in the second round of the federal Race to the Top competition, which he called a part of a "quiet revolution" in education reform. Duncan lauded the states' efforts to enact changes -- including support for charter schools and teacher evaluations that are linked to student achievement -- that were among the criteria for the grant competition. Duncan said 10 to 15 states will receive a portion of the $3.4 billion available, and winners will be announced in September.

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