DENVER -

Colorado schools are in for some $500 million to make up for years of budget cuts, under a finance package that won initial approval in the state House Wednesday.

The bills aim to send hundreds of millions to K-12 school districts to help backfill budgets slashed during the last recession.
    
The measures were vigorously debated. That's because some of the money would come with strings attached, and many education groups say the proposals don't go far enough to make up for recession-era cuts.
    
The funding measures come after Colorado voters last year rejected an income-tax hike to fund schools.
    
Formal votes on the funding measures are required before the bills head to the Senate.