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MD School Board Backs Federal Funds Application

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland's school board has unanimously approved an application to qualify for up to $250 million in federal education funds.

The school board voted Wednesday on the "Race to the Top" application, which includes changes in how teachers are tenured and evaluated in the hopes of earning additional federal funds.

Leaders of teachers unions from Baltimore, Howard, Frederick and St. Mary's counties said Tuesday they felt they were not included in the application process. They have expressed concerns about the amount of weight given to student test scores when evaluating teacher performance.

The application is due June 1. Most school boards and superintendents had signed onto the application, but the leader of the state's largest school district, Montgomery County superintendent Jerry Weast has not.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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