The initial results of the Obama administration’s signature school improvement initiative, known as Race to the Top, have left a sour taste for many states, reports the New York Times: Many state leaders are questioning the criteria by which winners were chosen, wondering why there were only two that won and criticizing a last-minute cap on future awards. Colorado, which had hoped to win $377 million, finished in 14th place—and Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. says the scoring by anonymous judges seemed inscrutable, some Coloradans view the contest as federal intrusion, and he has not decided whether to reapply for the...

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