Mar 3, 2014 4:44 PM by David Randall

Colorado tries to revive education overhaul

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers started work Monday on what may be the Legislature's trickiest job of the year: Crafting an education overhaul without $1 billion a year in new taxes.

The House Education Committee heard testimony on two bills that attempt to salvage a school-reform plan that was rejected by voters last year. That plan included an income-tax hike of about $1 billion a year.

The pared-down version still includes a hefty boost of $100 million to school districts. Schools would get more funding for early literacy programs, more money for charter schools and more money for students learning English.

However, some major education groups say the proposal needs a lot of work. A vote on the proposal has not been set.


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