School funding overhaul moves to Colo. House

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DENVER (AP) -- It's Tax Day, but Democrats in the Colorado Legislature probably didn't purposely choose the date when they scheduled a hearing on a sweeping bill to remake the state's convoluted process for funding schools.

The measure up for review Monday in the House Education Committee aims to revise inequitable school funding and pay back schools hurt by years of deep budget cuts. The bill would also lead to full-day kindergarten across the state.

It's the biggest revision in decades on how Colorado funds K-12 public schools, with a goal of making school funding more equitable.

But the big changes take effect only if voters agree this fall to something like $1 billion in higher income taxes. Republicans complain the school-funding overhaul doesn't do enough to change how schools are run.



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