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Two Maryland school districts are in the final competition for millions in federal dollars.

Baltimore city and Baltimore County public schools are among 61 districts nationwide to be named finalists in the U.S. Department of Education Race to the Top District Competition.

Awards of $5 million to $40 million — totaling $400 million — will be divvied up among 15 to 25 school districts selected based on the strength of the school system’s plan to increase student college and career readiness, teacher effectiveness and close achievement gaps.

The winning systems, out of nearly 400 applications, will be announced by Dec. 31.

Previously, Maryland has received $300 million in Race to the Top grants.

“Race to the Top has spurred innovation throughout Maryland schools, all of it designed to strengthen achievement by our students,” said Lillian M. Lowery, state superintendent of schools in a statement issued Tuesday.

— Holly Nunn