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New York State has won as much as $700 million as part of a competitive federal education grant known as Race to the Top, federal officials said on Tuesday. The money comes after months of wrangling in the State Legislature and fights with the state and city teachers’ unions.

Earlier this year, state lawmakers passed legislation to double the number of charter schools in the state to 460 to improve the state’s chances at securing the money. The funds are meant to reward states that have embraced education reforms that federal officials believe will improve schools.

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