🔗Counting the cost of budget cuts to Aurora schools

AURORA – The prospect of larger class size isn’t simply theory for Dave Willman and his two daughters.

Willman, the father of one Smoky Hill High School graduate and a daughter who will start as a junior in the fall, said the family has already started to see what larger classes would look like. The Cherry Creek School District managed to avoid major cuts to the classroom in its 2010-11 budget, but Willman said it was easy to see the impact of more students in one room for certain AP and honors classes. Read more in the Aurora Sentinel.

🔗Hickenlooper signs school funding bill

DENVER – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed proposals to allocate more money to Colorado schools than what lawmakers originally thought possible. Read more in the Denver Post.

🔗Roller-coaster school revenue ride

School boards across Colorado are finalizing 2011-12 budgets this month, with most putting a final stamp of approval on cuts not quite as deep as district leaders feared in February.

Denver Public Schools unfroze $10 million for schools, the Adams 12 Five Star district put back 22 teaching jobs and Aurora Superintendent John Barry assured staff in a parting-for-summer email that furlough days were not on the horizon – at least for next year. Read more in Education News Colorado.

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