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VA not Applying for Latest Race to the Top Funds

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials have decided not to pursue a multimillion-dollar federal grant aimed at improving early childhood learning and development.

Virginia was eligible to receive up to $45 million in the latest round of the Race to the Top program.

A spokesman for Gov. Bob McDonnell, Tucker Martin, tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the decision to not apply for the grant is based on several reasons, including a tight frame.

The deadline to apply for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant is Oct. 16. The grant was announced in August.

Martin says there also are concerns that Virginia would have to pay costs beyond the four-year program.

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