After voters in last fall’s election rejected a hike in the state’s income tax to fund public schools, the Legislature faced a stiff challenge: how to make up for cuts totaling nearly $1 billion during the recession and also pay for unfunded education reforms the state has instituted in recent years.
House Bill 1292, the centerpiece education bill of the current session, aims to provide a fix. The bipartisan measure was shaped by the lessons lawmakers learned from the defeat of Amendment 66, Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, said Thursday before the Senate Education Committee began deliberations on the merits of the bill.
HB1292, the Student Success Act, would restore $110 million in school funding that was cut during the recession. It would also provide targeted funding for English language learners and students struggling to read, and give districts more resources to implement existing education policies like teacher tenure reform and district accountability.
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