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ATLANTA (AP) - One of two groups representing Georgia teachers announced Wednesday that they are opposed to the state's application for federal "Race to the Top" money.

Georgia Association of Educators President Jeff Hubbard held a press conference in Atlanta to speak out against the state's bid for part of the $4.35 billion grant competition.

Georgia came in third during the first round of the race, losing out to winners Tennessee and Delaware.

GAE President Jeff Hubbard says teacher associations should have been part of the committee that wrote the state's application. A spokesman for Gov. Sonny Perdue says though the groups were not included, teachers were on the committee.

Teacher buy-in is a key factor in the scoring of "Race to the Top" applications.

GAE represents more than 40,000 Georgia educators.