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New York’s Race to the Top team pitches its case in Washington

New York’s Race to the Top delegation has officially finished making its high-stakes pitch in Washington today, we just heard from State Education Commissioner David Steiner and Deputy Commissioner John King.

But we won’t know if the state will bring home any of the $831 million it seeks for a few more weeks.

The team gave a 30-minute presentation, followed by an hour-long question-and-answer session with the competition’s judges.

“We thought the questions were fair and appreciated the opportunity to speak about the Regents’ overall vision for education reform,” Steiner and King said in an e-mail.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said that states’ presentations could make all the difference in how the grants are finally doled out. The judges (whose identities are being kept secret until the competition ends) will adjust the scoring on each application after the presentations, though Duncan has the final word on how many and which states will make the cut.

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