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This week's school budget news

Teen Advisory Council created out of school budget cuts

Colorado Rep. Rhonda Fields is out to put a positive face on the youth of Aurora.

After hosting the first Teens Turning Political Summit at the Community College of Aurora earlier this month, Fields and her team have created a teen advisory council, composed of eighteen students who attended the summit.

The members of the council, which will have its first meeting next week, are charged with identifying a service project they want to accomplish before school resumes in August. Read more in Westword.

Pueblo teachers, administrators facing budget cuts

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – Pueblo County school employees will forego raises this year and take two furlough days because of budget cuts.

The District 70 board approved a three-year contract with the newly organized Pueblo County Education Association which does not include any raises or step increases for the coming year. See the CBS4 report.

Aurora school board OKs 2011-12 budget

The Aurora Public Schools District Board of Education unanimously voted to finalize its adopted budget for the 2011-12 school year during its regular meeting Tuesday.

In next year’s budget, APS officials adressed a funding gap of about $25 million with measures such as furlough days and reductions in non-school and non-labor budgets. The item was approved as part of the meeting’s consent agenda. Read more in the Aurora Sentinel.

Schools will get $67.5 million more than expected

Colorado legislators made a bet on the economy in April, guessing that state revenues would improve enough by June to trigger a $67.5 million boost for school funding next school year.

The bet appeared to have paid off Monday, when quarterly revenue forecasts were released by the staff of the Legislative Council and by the Office of State Planning and Budgeting. Because the OSPB’s June forecast was higher than the amount estimated in March, an extra $67.5 million will be available to K-12 education. Read more in Education News Colorado.

No raises for Fort Morgan teachers

Fort Morgan teachers will receive no pay increases this year due to budget considerations following state cuts.

And substitute teachers will earn 7 percent less than before if the Fort Morgan Board of Education passes one part of the budget plan during its meeting Monday night, said Superintendent Greg Wagers. They will be paid $100 a day for substituting. Read more in the Fort Morgan Times.

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