The Columbus Dispatch is reporting in an exclusive story that Ohio is, in fact, going to be one of the few States awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s “Race to the Top” funding for education in its second round of awards.

Ohio was one of the few finalists for the first round of funding, but it lost out to Delaware and Tennessee.

The U.S. Department of Education will officially announce Ohio as being picked for the “Race to the Top” program at noon where it will announce how much of the $400 million Ohio requested it will provide.

This is a major achievement for the Strickland Administration and a huge victory for the 53% of public schools and 66% of charter schools that agreed to participate in Ohio’s bid.