Education Bill Advances, But Schools Still Wary

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A hefty education overhaul described as the marquee Colorado schools bill of the year advanced toward a vote Friday after some big amendments.

But school groups skeptical about the measure say they're not ready to embrace the bill yet.

The measure attempts to backfill school budgets that were decimated during the latest recession. But the measure has been beset by complaints that the money comes with too many strings attached, some of which schools say aren't necessary.

The bill was amended Friday to remove one of those strings - a new way for districts to count their pupils in order to qualify for state funding. The bill awaits a vote by the full House, expected early next week.

The bill would devote $110 million to start refilling school coffers.