The number of school districts that have signed up to join New Jersey's federal Race to the Top II application jumped from 171 on Monday to 292 as of 2 p.m. today (Tuesday.) There are 658 public school districts and charter schools eligible to participate.

Today is officially the deadline for school districts to send in their memoranda of inderstanding, but state Department of Education officials said they will still accept the MOUs through Thursday.  They still need time to get their application together for submission by June 1.

Only districts that submit the MOU will get funding if the state's application is approved. The state has promised every district at least $100,000. The state grant could be as high as $100 million a year for four years.

The number of participating districts in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and southern Ocean counties increased from 20 on Monday to 32 on Tuesday.  Click"> here to see to the DOE's statewide list. It's been getting updated daily at 2 p.m.