State education leaders and Governor Bill Ritter are disappointed and angry that Colorado failed to win millions of dollars in the second round of the federal “Race to the Top” funding. The grants are meant to reward states for passing bold education reforms and those in Colorado felt the state was doing everything right. Bente Birkeland has more from the capitol.

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