Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia did not make the cut during the first round of competition for federal school reform grants.
The U.S. Department of Education announced 16 finalists Thursday for its "Race to the Top" competition, which will deliver $4.35 billion in school reform grants.
West Virginia was not among them.
The grants are designed to reward and spur states to lift student achievement by developing strong standards, getting high-quality teachers in the classroom, and turning around low-performing schools.
The money is part of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus law.
West Virginia was one of 41 applicants.
Education officials plan to tweak the state's application and resubmit it during a second round of applications being accepted in June.
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