After a lengthy and at times heated debate that went late into the evening Wednesday, house lawmakers gave initial approval of the state's $18 billion budget. The so-called "long bill" has already cleared the state senate but it has faced opposition in the house from some Democrats still weary of deep cuts to education.
A recent listing on the New York Times web site shows the University of Colorado at Boulder accepting the highest percentage of applicants for 2011. But many of the 100 schools on the list aren’t exactly peer institutions.
Secure Rural Schools funding helped Mountain Valley Schools in Saguache install a new roof.
It’s looking likely that a federal program that helps fund everything from roads and bridges to teacher salaries in scores of rural western counties will get extended. But even though the current federal budget bill would extend the Secure Rural Schools program, some Colorado schools and counties could still be faced with layoffs.
At the state capitol, house lawmakers are expected to debate Colorado's $18 billion budget into the evening with Democrats planning to offer amendments on everything from Medicaid to education funding.