The Hillsboro School District had high hopes for its application for a federal Race to the Top grant, but as of this week the district is out of the running.

The U.S. Department of Education said Wednesday that the McMinnville School District is the only Oregon finalist left in the running for the money, one of 61 finalists out of 200 school districts that applied. The Salem-Keizer District was rejected as well.

Portland Public Schools did not submit an application due to differences between teacher evaluation standards.

Hillsboro had sought to receive $23 million to purchase mobile learning devices for students and teachers, hire coaches to assist teachers in building lesson plans around the digital capability, build-out technology infrastructure, and expand its online professional development system.

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