SB17-061 (Hill & Williams/Sias) Funding for Charter Operating Costs

Summary: The bill ensures all public school students receive access to the same basic level of funding by requiring school districts to distribute locally raised tax dollars equally, on a per-student basis, to the school district’s charter schools.

Position: The Colorado Children’s Campaign strongly supports this bill. Charter schools are public schools, yet in many districts in Colorado, charter students receive a smaller portion of funding than students in other schools. Tax revenue collected from all taxpayers in a school district should benefit all public school students in that district and be distributed on an equitable basis, regardless of school type.

Current Status: The Senate Education Committee heard testimony on the bill this week and laid it over for action at a later date. Kelly Causey, our CEO, and Leslie Colwell, our VP of Education Initiatives, testified in support of the bill this week.

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