An analysis of second-round applications for federal Race to the Top grants shows that buy-in from teachers unions rose by 22 percentage points, on average, over the first-round bids. Some states made progress in gaining the support of schools and districts, but the gains were offset by California losing the approval of some 500 school districts. The level of buy-in from schools and unions is part of the scoring criteria for awarding the grants, which total $3.4 billion for the second round.

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