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212 Wash. districts sign up for Race to the Top

MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010, 2:28 P.M.

SEATTLE — Washington education officials say 212 school districts have signed on to the state’s application for federal reform dollars through Race to the Top.

The state could get as much as $250 million from the federal government if it wins a grant in this highly competitive program.

Today is the deadline for Washington’s 295 school districts to say if they would participate. But at least one district was waiting for a vote on the final day. The Seattle teachers union was set to vote tonight on whether to participate. The school boards for the state’s largest school district as well as for Spokane Public Schools already voted yes.

Gov. Chris Gregoire believes statewide involvement will give Washington an edge in the competition.

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