Jan 20, 2010 9:29 AM by Associated Press
Colorado has vowed to expand merit pay for teachers, change how educators are evaluated, and hire more Teach for America national service recruits as it tries to win $377 million in federal funding for schools.
Colorado made the promises Tuesday as it seeks part of a $4.3 billion grant package created by the administration of President Barack Obama.
Known as the "Race to the Top" fund, the money is available to competing states that amend education laws and policies. The funds were included in the $787 billion economic stimulus program.
The bid was backed by more than two-thirds of Colorado's public school districts, which account for 94 percent of its 802,000 kindergarten through 12th grade students, along with the teachers union.
Those districts said they would negotiate a merit pay system with teachers if the state wins the money.