When we last left off with the state's bid for Race to the Top funding, the state had agreed to raise the cap on charter schools and ditch the expensive furniture requests in order to have a better shot at the $3 billion pool. And now, all that hard work might actually pay off. Though the state came in close to last during the first phase of distribution, New York is one of 18 states (plus D.C.) that are finalists.

The state's application argues, "Over the past 20 years, New York has made measurable progress in improving student performance in its lowest-performing schools," and that they are creating excellent schools that will "prepare all students for college and careers." But the money is much needed, considering our tests aren't preparing students for college and schools are graduating 21-year-old delinquents. The final states still have an opportunity to submit amendments by August 2nd, but after that the government will decide who gets what.