Ohio received slightly more support from school districts for its second-round bid for federal Race to the Top grants than it had garnered for its first application. State education officials lobbied school districts to support their efforts and required districts to obtain buy-in from their superintendent, school board president and teachers-union representative in order to participate. "We chose to require all three signatures because it is going to take the effort of all three groups to make sure the initiatives are implemented," a state education official said.

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