Equal Funding for Charter Schools

Policy Description

ReadyCO worked with a broad bipartisan coalition to secure equalized local funding for charter school students. It was the result of a multi-year effort that utilized strong communications and powerful political influence. The bill will likely have long-reaching ripple effects on school finance in Colorado.

Policy / Coalition Partners

DFER, Colorado Succeeds, CO League of Charter Schools, Stand for Children CO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Key Lessons Learned

The key was teamwork from a diverse coalition that could access every lever of power in the Capitol. The coalition was also very disciplined in messaging. Members decided on key messages, tested them with voters, and stuck to them.

One successful strategy was an aggressive digital campaign in a suburban Republican’s district. The campaign used a very pointed, simple message and the coalition was ultimately successful in flipping a vote. (Please reach out to Luke if you’d like more information.)

Bill / Policy Reference

HB17-1375

Resources

Denver Post Op-Ed

Contact

President Luke Ragland

Members

ReadyCO

Year

2017

  • Charter School Finance
  • Charter Schools

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