California and Colorado signed on Monday to national education standards in reading and math that are expected to be adopted by about 40 states -- giving them a better chance at winning a share of $3.4 billion in Race to the Top funds. The 19 finalists in the second round of the federal grant competition have adopted the core curriculum. Minnesota, however, will not adopt the national standards, citing concerns over the rigor of the math curriculum. Minnesota officials say they plan to use the national English curriculum as a guide for the state's standards, which will be revised this year.
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