Huge school finance changes under debate in Colo.

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DENVER (AP) -- A mammoth bill to overhaul Colorado's complicated school-finance formula is under debate in the state Senate.

The full Senate was taking its first look Monday at the school funding measure. The proposal is the biggest revision in decades to how Colorado funds K-12 public schools. It aims to make school funding more equitable after years of deep budget cuts.

The bill would lead to full-day kindergarten across the state. It would also give schools with needy students and English language learners a boost.

The funding changes would take effect only if voters approve more than $1 billion in new taxes this fall. That makes the outcome of the school finance overhaul uncertain.

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