School-funding questions before lawmakers

DENVER (AP) - It's decision time for schools at the state Capitol.

The House Education Committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on two major pieces of legislation on funding K-12 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 are being derided by educators as unnecessary red tape, such as a proposal to change how student enrollments are counted.

Wednesday's votes are a first step before the funding bills can proceed to votes by the full Legislature.


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