After three days of hearings in the Senate Education Committee, SB 213 passed on a 5-4 vote and will move on to the full Colorado State Senate. The bill, an overhaul of the Public School Finance Act of 1994, is sponsored by Sen. Mike Johnston (D-Denver) and Sen. Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) and relies heavily on a $1 billion tax increase that voters will decide on come November.
Yesterday, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled 2-to-1 to lift the injunction that halted the Douglas County Schools Choice Scholarship program. This is a huge victory for parents and students. Launched in 2011, the pilot program allows parents to take a portion of per-pupil revenue and use it toward the private school of their choice. 500 families were selected through a lottery to participate and awarded about $4,500 per child, totaling $300,000 in public funds.
I graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in History (minor in Political Science) and the University of Wyoming with a Master of Public Administration. I am an experienced copywriter and content manager. I am also a former intern/research associate for the Education Policy Center at the Independence Institute in Denver, Colorado and have previously blogged for National School Choice Week.