The state has been propping up education funding with one-time money and those dollars are running out.
Hammond oversaw seismic changes in the state’s education system, including implementation of new standards, evaluation and a new testing system.
The VA originally estimated the project costs at $328 million. Last month, the costs had escalated to $1.73 billion.
State House lawmakers Friday advanced a bill to stream line testing, while Senators passed a school finance bill that whittles $25 million dollars from public schools large budget shortfall.
The largest and most significant will send nearly $2 million to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
One bill would move Colorado’s child welfare watchdog out of the Department of Human Services, which runs the child protection system.
Proponents say the bill could help the state meet its transportation priorities.