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Colorado gov. to propose cuts to K-12 education in 2010-11 budget

Tim Hoover
The Denver Post

Gov. Bill Ritter is expected to propose cutting state funding to public schools by as much as 6 percent in the 2010-11 budget he rolls out today.

That’s a scenario the administration has considered, though Ritter officials say the cuts are likely to be closer to a 4.4 percent, or a $250 million, net decrease in total funding given to schools compared with the current budget year.

Education groups have said the move could violate Amendment 23, which requires education funding to increase every year by at least the rate of inflation.

Ritter’s office has defended its plan to cut education funding as legal, though regrettable.

Other items in his budget, expected to be presented late in the day, could include eliminating some tax breaks and reducing salaries or benefits for state workers.

Speaking to education groups Thursday, Ritter said his 2010-11 budget proposal “will reflect a decrease – though a modest decrease” to public schools.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13725629


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