Published: Aug 12, 2010 4:57 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 12, 2010 1:58 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida education leaders have made their pitch for a portion of the $4.35 billion "Race to the Top" competition to federal reviewers in Washington.

Gov. Charlie Crist, Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, union and education board leaders presented the state's application on Wednesday.

Education Commissioner Eric Smith, who also attended, says the officials highlighted the state's education reform efforts and progress over the last decade.

Florida has been named one of 19 finalists for the second round of the competition.

Delaware and Tennessee won a combined $600 million in the first round. About $3.4 billion has yet to be awarded.