New Haven’s ambitious school reform drive is not expected to benefit from the first round of a federal money “race” whose deadline fell Tuesday, because Connecticut lags behind other states in education reform.

That was one analysis as the state sent off an application to the first round of funding from President Obama’s $4.35 billion “Race to the Top” initiative, the largest pool of discretionary funding ever allotted for education reform.

Connecticut is applying for a $175 million grant, of which New Haven qualifies for about $10 million.

The money is targeted to support reforms in four areas: preparing kids for college; building data systems to measure student progress; recruiting and retaining quality staff; and turning around lowest-achieving schools.

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