Santa Fe's school district still has a shot at being awarded a $10 million federal grant but Albuquerque's district is out of the running for the $25 million grant it sought.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Santa Fe's school system is among 31 finalists selected from among 200 applicants from 21 states.
At stake is a $120 million pot of federal money that will be divvied up in so-called "Race to the Top" grants.
The Santa Fe district wants to use the requested grant for a variety of improvements. Those include reducing the student-to-counselor ratio, providing instruction during summer and before and after school and personalizing learning plans for each student.
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