Mar 19, 2014 5:22 PM by David Randall

School-funding changes clear first Colorado hurdle

DENVER (AP) - Two proposals to send hundreds of millions to school districts in Colorado have cleared their first legislative hurdle.

But changes are still to come for the two bills on funding K-12 public schools.

The Legislature is trying to shore up school districts that were hurt by years of budget cuts during the recent recession. One spending plan would send more than $200 million extra to schools next year.

The funding bills are controversial because the education money would come with strings attached. Some of those strings were removed from the bill, but educators say there are still some onerous glitches, such as a change to how pupils are counted. Some educators say the change is needless red tape.


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