Some school leaders in Colorado are pushing back against federal-education policies they say are usurping local authority over their schools. A number of rural districts refused to support the state's bid for federal Race to the Top funds, and a campaign encouraging resistance to common national standards is in the works. "It is unconstitutional for the federal government to step in and mandate and require that everybody use those standards," said a state school board member who is launching the effort.

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