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May 25, 2011 11:37 PM by John Romero

State seeking education grants

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's governor says state educators have "every intention" of seeking new education grants announced Wednesday by the federal government.

The $500 million grant competition announced Wednesday aims to do away with an uncoordinated system of preschool programs. Colorado and eight other states that unsuccessfully sought grants through the Obama administration's "Race To The Top" funding competition have been invited to try for the new round.

At least one of those states, South Carolina, says it won't go through the trouble of applying for this round. Some have criticized the federal grant incentives as heavy-handed. But Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement Wednesday that "we have every intention of pursuing this opportunity."

Colorado can apply for $10 million to $50 million by updating an application submitted in June 2010.

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