Apr 6, 2010 7:31 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado still in 'Race to the Top' competition

Colorado will try again to win millions in federal funding for education reform. Gov. Bill Ritter announced Tuesday that the state will enter the second round of the "Race to the Top" competition after losing in the first round. Colorado placed 14th out a field of 16 finalists.

Just two states were named winners - Tennessee and Delaware. Ritter said the new application, due June 1, will make an even stronger case for how Colorado will improve student achievement, turn around struggling schools and improve teacher effectiveness.

Both winning states passed laws linking teacher tenure to student performance and lawmakers plan to introduce similar legislation in Colorado. Colorado can win up to about $170 million in round two.


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