Jul 27, 2010 1:25 PM by Monica Gouty
DENVER (AP) - Colorado is among the states that have been named finalists in the second round of the federal "Race to the Top" school reform grant competition. The announcement Tuesday by the Department of Education means Colorado has a chance to win a share of $3 billion. Department officials chose 19 states and the District of Columbia as finalists.
States apply for the "Race to the Top" competition and are chosen based on whether they are making reforms to improve struggling schools and close the achievement gap. Colorado lawmakers changed the state's tenure rules this year, requiring teachers to be evaluated annually.