President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress to expand the $4.35 billion Race to the Top program by $1.35 billion, saying the grant competition has prompted education reforms nationwide. The funding would allow for a third round of grants in which districts, not just states, would apply, and education officials said they hope to indefinitely fund the grants. "We certainly see this as a key reform and a key investment that we would want to keep funding," an official said.

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