Federal officials will collect a second round of applications for the highly selective program in June. The states that were not picked this time can reapply for grants then. "A lot of people said 'They're going to end up giving it to lots of states' and 'the federal government can never really be selective.' It turns out they actually were," said Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based think tank. "They're setting the bar this high that only two states met it, it sends a very powerful message." Read more.