State Legislature approves more money for schools, but less than they wanted

<p>(Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)</p>
<p>The Colorado Capitol.</p>

The Senate Education Committee approved a measure Thursday that would give schools about $25 million more in funding. But the amount is also a far cry from the $200 million the governor asked for.

School superintendents – meantime - wanted an additional $70 million for small rural districts and for districts with high numbers of students living in poverty.

"When you have a concentration of high poverty it brings a different set of circumstances and challenges," testified Pam Swanson, superintendent of Adams 50 school district.

The bill calls for about $7,200 per student – a bump of about $270 dollars per student over last year. The measure now goes to the Senate appropriations committee.