Colorado

Jan 13, 2010 12:36 PM by Associated Press

Colorado lawmakers rush to pass school bill

Colorado lawmakers are rushing to pass a bill they hope will help the state win millions of dollars in federal education reform funds.

The proposal would gather information about the effectiveness of teacher and principal preparation programs. It's set for a hearing Wednesday, the first day of the legislative session.

Democratic Sen. Michael Johnston of Denver says the goal is to pass it in three days so Gov. Bill Ritter can sign it before the state submits its "Race to the Top" application to the Obama administration. It's due Tuesday.

A program approved last year tracks the performance of Colorado teachers and principals and the progress of their students.

Johnston believes Colorado would be the first state to also track the effectiveness of preparation programs.

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