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LI school officials react to 'Race to the Top' grant win

File photo of an empty classroom. Long Island

File photo of an empty classroom. Long Island officials are reacting to New York's big win -- a nearly $700 million federal education grant. (May 4, 2009) Credit: MCT File

  Most Long Island schools can't expect much money from the state's newly won "Race to the Top" pot - not even enough, in many cases, to hire a single new teacher.

Still, the statewide impact could be electrifying. President Barack Obama's administration announced in Washington Tuesday that New York State had won $696.6 million for reform efforts, including upgraded academic standards and student assessments, teacher training and improvement of failing schools.

>> Read John Hildebrand's full story

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