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Mar 17, 2014 11:27 AM by David Randall

Bill To Watch in the Colorado Legislature

DENVER (AP) - This week's Bill To Watch in the Colorado Legislature

THE BILL:

House Bill 1292, the Student Success Act

WHAT IT DOES:

The measure would send hundreds of millions to local school districts to make up for years of budget cuts instituted during the recession. But the money would have strings attached, including new requirements for disclosing school spending and counting pupils.

WHO WANTS IT?

The bill's support doesn't fall on party lines. However, Democrats who engineered last year's failed voter initiative to hike taxes for education upgrades are the main supporters of the Student Success Act. Many educators oppose the measure because of the strings attached to the money.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

$230 million next year, according to a fiscal projection given to lawmakers. The tab could change greatly depending how the bill is amended.

WHERE IT STANDS:

The bill awaits a vote Wednesday in the House Education Committee. The vote was timed to come after a Tuesday forecast of how much tax money lawmakers will have to spend next year.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:

"These are classic state-level, top-down, big-government policies that will have absolutely no effect on those things that we know make a difference in really improving education." - Jason E. Glass, superintendent of Eagle County Schools, in a column for the Vail Daily News.

READ THE BILL AND FOLLOW IT:

http://bit.ly/1gNpneX

 

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