Colorado competing for up to $175M for schools |

Colorado competing for up to $175M for schools

DENVER – Colorado is now competing for a chance to win up to $175 million in extra stimulus dollars for education reforms from the Obama administration.

State officials originally expected a shot at up to $300 million. But the prize for states of Colorado’s size turned out to be smaller when the White House released details on Thursday.

It wants the money used for reforms such as charter schools or judging teachers based on student test scores.

Colorado has been working on a proposal for months and Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien says it will cost much more than $175 million. She still plans to submit the state’s ideal plan and will leave it up to federal officials to scale it back if necessary. If one of the bigger states isn’t selected, she says that might leave more money for Colorado.


Information from: The Denver Post,

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