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Maryland Makes Its Pitch For Race To The Top

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By Matt Bush

Leaders in Maryland are putting their best foot forward in hopes of securing federal education funding. The federal department of education expects to pick its winners in the "Race To The Top" competition sometime next month.

Maryland is one of 18 states, as well as the District of Columbia, competing for the money. Governor Martin O'Malley joined state superintendent of schools Nancy Grasmick in making the state's presentation to the federal government.

The statewide teachers union in Maryland isn't behind the push to get Race To The Top funds, though O'Malley says some local teacher unions support the move.

"I'm glad the AFT affiliate in Baltimore city is on board. I'm glad the NEA affiliate in Prince George's is on board. Frankly, that's where some of the greatest potential and greatest promise lies in taking Maryland from top in the nation to world class," says O'Malley.

A new state law changed the way teachers are evaluated in Maryland, as a way to strengthen the state's case for Race To The Top money.

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