DENVER (AP) – A plan to review whether Colorado schools are too quick to send unruly students to police is on hold as Colorado Senators worry how much the discipline review would cost.
The Senate Judiciary Committee held off on a decision Tuesday on a democratic bill to review school discipline.
A legislative projection said the review could cost the state almost $200,000 over the next two years in extra staff time. The Governor, meanwhile, has proposed $332 million in budget cuts for schools.
Democratic Sen. Evie Hudak is a sponsor of the measure and says Senators are working on a change to make the review less costly. Backers say it's needed because small-time disciplinary matters are too often referred to police, and that students of color sometimes receive stricter punishments than white students.
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