The Latest: Democratic lawmaker urges more money for schools

A leading Colorado lawmaker says Denver’s teachers strike underscores the need to boost funding of public schools across the state.

House Majority Leader Alec Garnett said Monday lawmakers must find a way to fix conflicting laws that restrict state K-12 spending by hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

The Democrat also says school districts must do a better job at ensuring tax dollars go to the classroom and not administrative overhead.

Denver teachers went on strike Monday after failing to reach a deal with administrators on pay.

Garnett says he met with both sides over the weekend and that they were “super-close” to a deal.
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