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Virginia, Maryland and D.C. Want to Race to the Top Together

Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine is helping to craft the Race to the Top program.

State education officials from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., are preparing to apply together for part of the $4.35 billion in stimulus money that will be awarded to states who devise innovative plans to increase student achievement. These officials believe that a joint application will increase their chances of receiving a portion of this “Race to the Top” fund.

Speaking to a meeting of the Virginia Board of Education, Gov. Timothy Kaine said, “Secretary Duncan suggested that regional proposals would be looked at very favorably because the dotted lines between jurisdictions may or may not mean anything.” Kaine should know—he’s been asked by Duncan to help with developing certain parts of the competitive grant program.

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland told Cleveland’s Plain Dealer in May that he has been involved in discussions with “two or three other governors” about working together on Race to the Top. A spokesperson later told DA that these were “very preliminary, informal conversations with his fellow governors in our region.”