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Tuesday Churn: Campaigns come to close

What’s churning:

There are plenty of issues and races affecting education being contested in today’s election.

Many educators have been focused on amendments 60, 61 and 101, which would dramatically limit the ability of school districts to raise local revenue, place a heavier school finance burden on the state and make it harder for school districts and the state to raise money for building projects.

Numerous school boards, city councils, college boards of trustees and politicians of both major parties have formally opposed the three. Many Colorado school districts have created financial contingency plans that will swing into place should the amendments pass – though recent polling suggests they may fail.

But also in the education spotlight are three contests for State Board of Education seats and a high-spending race for an at-large seat on the University of Colorado Board of Regents, in which CU law professor and Democrat Melissa Hart has battled Republican incumbent Steve Bosley.

There’s also a full slate of state legislative races involving members of the House and Senate education committees and contests that have drawn endorsements and contributions from education interest groups.

And more than 30 school districts are seeking bond issues and mill levy overrides, hoping voters will put local school needs over worries about taxes.

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Gov. Bill Ritter will publicly unveil his proposed 2011-12 budget during a 1 p.m. news conference at the Capitol. The Joint Budget Committee and the full legislature, of course, have the final say on the state budget every year. And since Ritter didn’t run for re-election, the new governor will weigh in on budget issues.

But in a period of cutting, significant elements of what Ritter proposes may well survive and observers are waiting anxiously to see what levels of funding he suggests for K-12 support and for higher education.

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