Colorado misses out on first "Race to the Top" awards |

Colorado misses out on first "Race to the Top" awards

DENVER (AP) – Colorado has lost its first bid to win millions of dollars for education reform.

The U.S. Department of Education picked Delaware and Tennessee for the first round of its “Race to the Top” competition.

Colorado was the only state from the West among 16 states chosen as finalists in the competition. The state applied for $377 million to pay for things such as expanded merit pay for teachers and new systems to track the performance of teachers and principals.

Colorado can reapply for about $170 million in the next round. Gov. Bill Ritter hasn’t decided whether to pursue that yet because he wants to review Colorado’s evaluation.

He also hasn’t decided whether he’ll support a teacher tenure bill that lawmakers are drafting because he wants to see the details first.

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