HELENA (AP) — Montana is not among the states named as a finalist in the federal "Race to the Top" school reform grant competition.
Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Superintendent Denise Juneau had submitted an application hoping to reel in as much as $74 million in extra federal money for state schools.
Federal officials announced Tuesday that 18 states and the District of Columbia have been named finalists in the second round of the competition.
President Barack Obama's "Race to the Top" education initiative offers funding for states that use student test scores to judge teacher performance. It also supports the creation of charter schools, which are funded with public money but are independent of local school boards.