In an unprecedented vote, the Colorado state legislature decided that all public school students—including those at charter schools—should have equitable access to locally-raised tax revenue.
The passage of HB-1375 makes Colorado one of the first states in the nation to ensure equitable funding for charter schools.
The historic decision—championed by multiple PIE Network members working in coalition, including Colorado Succeeds, A+ Colorado, and Democrats for Education Reform Colorado—is a huge step toward equal access for all students in the Centennial State.
Scott Laband, president of Colorado Succeeds said with this vote, “Colorado ends the discriminatory funding practices that are hurting kids across our state. This is a historic victory for the 43,000 charter school students who have been told for far too long that they are worth less than their peers simply because of the type of school they attend.”
In their weekly newsletter, “Stay Sharp,” A+ Colorado thanked state legislators that worked to get this legislation passed. And in a post on their website, director of Democrats for Education Reform Colorado, Jen Walmer said, “Make no mistake—this is big.”
Charter schools around the country continue to be attacked by campaigns loaded with misinformation, but as Colorado Succeeds says in a recent press release the facts still remain:
- Charter schools are among some of the highest performing in the state. Recent research found that, of Colorado’s schools that are high-performing and serve a majority of low-income students, over 70 percent are charter schools.
- If combined into one district, Colorado charter schools would be the largest in the state and serve nearly 115,000 students.
- Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that are open to all students.
Charter schools are held accountable for student performance just like traditional schools. In fact, charters are often held accountable to additional performance metrics agreed to in their local district contract.