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Colorado and Hawaii are joining the list of cities and states that are forging ahead on early education by expanding access and quality.
Colorado’s Education Investments
The Colorado Legislature approved a budget deal that invests new funding in early education and K-12.
Chalkbeat Colorado, an educational news website says, “The bottom line is this. The package increases Total Program Funding, the combination of state and local spending that pays for basic school operations, to $5.91 billion in 2014-15 from $5.76 billion this year.”
And as an Associated Press article explains, “Two Colorado education bills aimed at restoring school budgets hurt by years of budget cuts have been signed into law.”
As a result, statewide average per pupil spending is increasing from $6,839 this year to $7,020 next year.
Among the budget’s allocations:
• $27 million for English language learner programs
• $18 million for the READ Act, which provides special services to K-3 students who are behind in reading, and
• $17 million to create 5,000 additional slots for at-risk preschool and kindergarten children
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