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Gov. Tim Pawlenty, right, backed by state Education Commissioner Alice Seagren, on Thursday talks about education reforms he proposed that lawmakers rejected. Had they been approved, he said, the state could be eligible for more federal money. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Pawlenty and teachers at odds over fund application

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the Minnesota teachers' union may need to reach a truce if the state wants a second round of federal education money.


But on Thursday neither side was close.

Tennessee won $500 million and Delaware $100 million in the first round of Race To The Top funding awards, announced last month, with $3.4 billion remaining for states like Minnesota.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.