CO Lawmakers Get Briefing on Stimulus Schools

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

State lawmakers want to learn more about how the federal stimulus package will help Colorado schools.

Officials from the governor's office are set to brief the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

Sen. Michael Bennet says Colorado schools will get as much as $900 million in extra education aid, enough to save the jobs of thousands of teachers.

Bennet, a former Denver schools superintendent, says the first transfer of funds will happen within about a month.

Senate President Peter Groff says Colorado can compete for money set aside for education reform in the stimulus package. Lawmakers have already sent the governor a bill that would create an education innovation institute at the University of Northern Colorado.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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