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Race to the Top, March Madness Style

Published:  April 2, 2010

In honor of the men’s college basketball Final Four games this weekend, Ed Money Watch has put together a bracket based on the Race to the Top competition. We divided the top 32 states that applied for the grant money (based on their RttT scores) into four regions and then seeded them based on their perceived “reformy-ness” and the frequency with which they were mentioned as likely RttT winners. Then we used their final RttT scores to determine which state won in each pairing. There were few upsets with the exception of Tennessee besting the favored Florida in the South. Of course, take this bracket, and the subjective assignment of seeds, with a grain of salt. Happy March Madness!

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