The U.S. Department of Education said Tuesday that nine other states and the District of Columbia won the second round. With the exception of Hawaii, all the winning states are in the East.
The Colorado Board of Education recently approved new academic standards to compete for the federal funding. Colorado lawmakers also passed a controversial law to tie job protections for teachers to how well their students are performing.
The chairman of the state Board of Education, Bob Schaffer, said the reforms the board approved weren’t contingent on Colorado’s application for a $175 million federal grant.