Capitol Update: funding for charters, elementary counselors, English learner reading assessments and more.

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: February 10, 2017


This week Kelly Causey, our President and CEO, and Leslie Colwell, VP for Education Initiatives, testified in support of legislation to ensure every Colorado student, whether enrolled in a traditional public school or a charter public school, receives the same resources they need to succeed. Read more about this bill and others on our capitol updates archive. Here are a few other highlights of this week:

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. Kelly Causey, our CEO, and Leslie Colwell, our VP of Education Initiatives, testified in support of the bill this week. Read more about the bill and why the Children’s Campaign strongly supports it here.

SB17-068 (Todd/Singer) Early Support for Student Success through Access to School Counselors

Summary: This bill expands access to the Behavioral Health Care Professional Matching Grant Program and the School Counselor Corps Grant Program for elementary schools. Bill Jaeger, our VP of Early Childhood Initiatives, will testify in support of the bill on Thursday the 16th. Read more about why we are supportive of this bill.

HB17-1160 (Hamner & Wilson/Fields & Priola) Reading Assessment Language for English Learners

This bill allows schools districts or charter schools to decide if they want to administer reading assessments to English language learner students in kindergarten through third grade in English or in student’s native language if the assessment is available in that language. Read more about this bill and why the Children’s Campaign strongly supports it here.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit