DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers start Monday on what may be the Legislature's trickiest job of the year - crafting an education overhaul without $1 billion a year in new taxes.
A bill in the House Education Committee is a $263 million attempt to salvage a school-reform plan that was rejected by voters last year.
That plan included an income-tax hike of about $1 billion a year. The pared-down version still includes a hefty boost to school districts.
The measure includes more funding for early literacy programs, more money for charter schools and more money for students learning English.
However, some major education groups say the proposal needs a lot of work, so Monday's debate is expected to be lengthy.
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