10/27/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Colorado Race To The Top Application: Lack Of Union Buy-In, Poor Achievement Record Hurt Bid

Colorado's failed bid for $175 million in federal Race to the Top funding was hampered by concern about the state's flat achievement data and fear that union opposition would prevent the spread of reform.

Evaluators also docked points for what they describe as the state's vague plans to ensure effective teachers and principals are in the neediest schools.

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