Good Budget News Is Relative For CO Schools

By: AP
By: AP
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DENVER (AP) -- Good news is relative when it comes to funding Colorado schools.

More state tax revenues this year mean the average amount budgeted per student will be the same as last year when lawmakers vote on Colorado's budget in the coming weeks. That's no small feat in the aftermath of budget-cutting years and increasing student enrollment.

But it doesn't get Colorado schools to the level they were three years ago.

The average amount budgeted per pupil for the 2012-13 school year is expected to be $6,474, the same as this year. That's still about $600 lower than it was in 2009. Since then, the enrollment has increased by nearly 28,000.

The extra money lawmakers put into schools this year doesn't quell frustration from some who believe the state underfunds its schools.

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