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Oklahoma's Race to the Top explained

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Having a tough time understanding what Oklahoma is pitching to the national government to win the state $175 million in grants? You’re likely not alone.

Race to the Top is a massive application that calls for a number of reforms in education and will likely reward states willing to make the largest strides when it comes to issues like paying teachers based on their performance or allowing charter schools to open.

Two stories over the past two weeks have helped explain what Oklahoma has in mind: Oklahoma Races to Finish Grant Request and TPS plan stars in Race to the Top plan.

Or you can view the full 244 page application here.

The US Department of Education announced Tuesday that 40 states and the District of Columbia had met the deadline for the first phase of Race to the Top. That means Oklahoma is facing tough competition in the first round to get a portion of $4.35 million.

However, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he will seek an additional $1.3 billion that will be available to states competing in the second round.

The following states and D.C. submitted applications for Phase 1: Alabama,  Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska,  New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

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