Will more states follow Massachusetts' lead on national standards?

Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia have adopted national education standards -- a decision that puts those states in better standing to receive part of $3.4 billion in federal Race to the Top funds. The deadline to adopt the standards and still receive bonus points for Race to the Top was Aug. 2, but some say that other states could sign on based on Massachusetts' decision to do so. The state's curriculum has been lauded for nearly 20 years.

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