States strive to develop competitive proposals for Race to the Top

11/10/2009 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Many states are enlisting the help of outside consultants and nonprofit organizations as they work to develop proposals that will help them stand out in the competition for at least $4 billion in federal stimulus funding under the Obama administration's Race to the Top program. While many states are competing for the funds during a time of widespread budget shortfalls, skeptics of the funding program say some states are wasting resources on superficial reforms that will not bring about long-term change.

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