Ritter to sign bills that could help win ed money

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Some bills aimed at helping the state win extra federal stimulus money for schools are about to become law.

Gov. Bill Ritter plans to sign nine education bills during a ceremony Thursday in Denver.

One would set up a statewide system to track the performance of teachers and principals to help close the so-called ``teacher gap,'' where less experienced teachers tend to work in low-income schools.

Another provides more options for overhauling low performing schools.

The Obama Administration is offering more than $4 billion to a select group of states willing to push school reforms. closing the teacher gap and turning around struggling schools are among the goals of that ``race to the top'' program.

Colorado stands to win about $400 million if it's among the eight to 10 states that are selected.

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