Charter school advocates push for equitable funding in Colorado

As the lawmaking session winds down, charter school advocates in the Colorado Legislature introduced two bills this week aimed at establishing what they call equitable funding for the state’s 108,000 public charter school students.

SB 188 would require that local school districts share extra property tax revenue equally among traditional public schools and charter public schools. The bipartisan group of lawmakers behind the bill, state Reps. Angela Williams and Lang Sias and state Sen. Owen Hill, say school districts can withhold that funding from charter school students under the current system. They say charter public school students receive only 80 percent of the per-pupil revenue that traditional-school students get.

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