Capitol Update: School Finance Vote Set for Monday in Colorado Senate
The Colorado Senate is scheduled to vote on a significant overhaul of the state’s school finance formula early next week. Thanks to everyone who has responded to our action alert; there’s still time to reach out to your senator to let him or her know that our education system should be focused first and foremost on supporting our growing population of Colorado students. One thing all Coloradans agree on is the need to give every student a strong education that will prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow. Click here to read more about the bill and the nearly two-year process education leaders, business and community leaders and advocates committed to getting this legislation right.
Also at the Capitol this week:
- Supplemental Online Education Services: Senate Bill 13-139 (Roberts/Coram) would strengthen supplemental and online education services by driving both greater access and quality in our statewide supplemental online program. Reilly Pharo, Children’s Campaign Vice President for Education Initiatives, testified in support of the bill before it was approved with a bipartisan 13-0 vote by the House Education Committee. It now goes to the House floor for final passage.
- English Language Learning Support: House Bill 13-1211 (Buckner & Navarro-Ratzlaff/Todd) increases support for professional development to help teachers work with English-language learners (ELLs) on all academic subjects, from chemistry to history. The current English Language Proficiency Act funding is provided to school districts to support kids in their first two years, primarily with English language acquisition. The bill requires school districts to support these ELLs over five years instead of two, as they are already required to do under federal law. The bill was approved by the House Education Committee in a bipartisan 9-2 vote and moves to the full House.