As Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and his team stood talking to reporters about their 90-minute presentation, laughter arose from a contingent surrounding Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley -- also in town to make a bid for the money.
"We're much better than you guys,'' the Maryland governor shouted over to Crist.
"I don't think so, governor,'' Crist retorted. "Florida first, then Maryland.''
Indeed, Crist and Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said they believe Florida will finish at the top this time, boasting an application to the U.S. Department of Education that has the support of more than 50 teacher unions.