Illinois is receiving 43-million dollars to improve the quality of education in the state. It's one of seven states to win a share of "Race to the Top" cash from the U.S. Department of Education. This is the second round of the "Race to the Top" competition. Illinois was a runner up in the first round but needed to take steps to improve the system before being considered again.
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The legislature passed a massive education reform package earlier this year which tightens teacher evaluations and puts more emphasis on student achievement rather than tenure. The reform was enough to qualify for and win the money the second time around. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the money will help create better teachers and better students.