School budget proposal clears hurdle in Colorado

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A $500 million package to start refilling Colorado school budgets decimated during the last recession cleared a major hurdle Wednesday in the state Legislature.

The two bills awaiting a final vote in the Colorado House aim to use the state's improving tax collections to backfill K-12 school budgets. The measures raise per-pupil funding, give charter schools more funding and set aside money to help schools pay for full-day kindergarten.

"This begins the process of rebuilding K-12 funding that was struck hard" during the recession, argued Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Frisco and a sponsor of the bills.

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