SB 17-061 (Hill & William/Sias) Funding for Charter Operating Costs

Originally Posted: January 20, 2017
Last Updated: March 17, 2017


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.


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 bill passed the Senate on a bipartisan 22-13 vote and now heads to the House.

Previous Statuses

March 10, 2017

Scheduled for second reading.

March 3, 2017

Passed Appropriations Committee and has been referred amended to the Senate Committee of the Whole.

February 24, 2017

The Senate referred the bill as amended on second reading to the Senate Appropriations Committee, and the bill is scheduled to be heard in Appropriations on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 8:40 a.m. in Room 357.

February 10, 2017

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.

February 3, 2017

Scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 352.

January 20, 2017

Introduced in the Senate – Assigned to the Senate Education Committee.