Colo.’s largest school district to cut nearly $40M

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Colorado’s largest school district plans to cut nearly $40 million because of the state’s budget crisis.

The president of the county’s board of education, Dave Thomas, plans to announce details at a press conference Friday morning in Golden.

Gov. John Hickenlooper has proposed cutting $332 million from schools statewide in the next school year to balance the budget. That follows $260 million in cuts this year.

School advocates expect further cuts to reach into the classroom, forcing districts to consider teacher layoffs, larger classes and shorter school weeks.

Hickenlooper argues that the state has little choice but cut schools as stimulus funding and other stop-gap funding sources dry up. Sen. Rollie Heath of Boulder has proposed asking voters to approve a tax increase instead.