Education Secretary Arne Duncan named 18 states and Washington, D.C., as finalists in the second round of the federal Race to the Top competition, which he called a part of a "quiet revolution" in education reform. Duncan lauded the states' efforts to enact changes -- including support for charter schools and teacher evaluations that are linked to student achievement -- that were among the criteria for the grant competition. Duncan said 10 to 15 states will receive a portion of the $3.4 billion available, and winners will be announced in September.

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