Education Week bloggers Lesli Maxwell and Michele McNeil have come up with a fun way to pick which states will win a share of the $4.35 billion in federal stimulus funds through the Race to the Top initiative. According to, the awards “will go to States that are leading the way with ambitious yet achievable plans for implementing coherent, compelling, and comprehensive education reform.”

As you can see from Maxwell and McNeil’s bracket, they don’t pick Arizona to advance out of the first round.

Under the leadership of Governor Brewer’s P-20 Council, Arizona has been competing aggressively to win a share of the funds. Why do you think we were omitted in these picks? Is this indicative of low expectations for education in Arizona? Or, do you even agree with the assessment?