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

Pawlenty, teachers at odds over Race To The Top fund application


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

But on Thursday neither side appeared ready to enter peace talks.

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 that compete in the second funding phase.

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