Colorado Legislature Votes to Ensure Public Charter School Students Receive Equitable Support

Colorado Legislature Votes to Ensure Public Charter School Students Receive Equitable Support

May 10, 2017

In an important step to ensure equity for the more than 115,000 students attending public charter schools in Colorado, House and Senate lawmakers approved a bill this week to provide fair funding for all public school students.

With bipartisan support, the House passed House Bill 1375 Tuesday by a 49-16 vote. Today, the Senate approved the bill by a 31-4 vote. The bill is sponsored by House Education Chair Brittany Pettersen, Rep. Lang Sias, Senate Education Chair Owen Hill and Sen. Angela Williams. It now goes to Gov. John Hickenlooper for his signature.

Colorado is a national leader in ensuring that families have the opportunity to find the best educational option to fit students’ unique needs. This bill requires local school districts to provide the same funding for all public schools including charter schools.

Nearly one in eight Colorado students attend public charter schools. Local districts are not currently required to share funds from voter-approved levies with charter schools. The Senate had previously approved a similar plan as Senate Bill 61.

“Colorado’s students and families attending public charter schools deserve the same support as all students. This is a great step to ensure all public schools serving students and families in Colorado receive equitable funding. We thank Senators Owen Hill and Angela Williams, Representatives Brittany Pettersen and Lang Sias and all policymakers for their leadership in placing the educational needs of students first.” – Patricia Levesque, ExcelinEd in Action Executive Director