After falling short of the finish line in March, Colorado is once again vying for a federal Race to the Top grant to help improve the state’s schools and teacher performance. Delaware and Tennessee were the two winners in the first round, and up to fifteen winners are expected in this final round. Bente Birkeland takes a look at how Colorado’s new teacher tenure law could impact the application, which is due on June 1st.

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