by Anthony Lane
Colorado has cleared the first hurdle in a competition for education reform grant money offered in President Barack Obama's Race to the Top initiative.
That puts Colorado in a group of 15 states and the District of Columbia vying for a share of $4.35 billion. The odds don't look too bad given the final awards will likely go to 10 of them.
The Denver Post gives details, including the next step for Colorado to get $377 million for reforms:
The state will send representatives to Washington, D.C., later this month to be interviewed by a panel of experts who will ultimately decide the winners in the first week of April.
Colorado was one of 15 states and the District of Columbia to be named finalists out of the 41 applications sent in for the extra-stimulus funding that President Barack Obama hopes will spur education reforms across the nation.
Colorado's application was approved by the Colorado Education Association — the largest teachers' union — and got approval from 134 of the state's 178 school districts.
Other states selected from the pool of applicatants were Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee.