Colo. Senate passes school bill on 2nd day |

Colo. Senate passes school bill on 2nd day

DENVER, Colorado – The Colorado Senate has approved a bill designed to give Colorado an edge in competing for millions of dollars in federal education funds.

The 26-7 vote came on Thursday, the second day of the session.

Legislative leaders are rushing the bill through so Gov. Bill Ritter can sign it before Colorado submits its application for the federal “Race to the Top” program next week.

The House plans to take it up later Thursday.

The bill would require the state to track where educators got their training and report on the success of teachers and principals in boosting student achievement.

Seven Republican senators voted against it because the federal program will add to the national debt.

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