DENVER—Yesterday, the Colorado League of Charter Schools issued a press release naming Arvada Republican Lang Sias as a national ‘2018 Champion for Charters’. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools awarded Sias, along with three other Colorado lawmakers, the honor for his student advocacy and help in securing equitable funding for children attending public charter schools.
“Our bi-partisan efforts were founded on a simple principle; that any child attending a public school should be valued equally and funded equitably regardless of the type of public school they attend in their district. Charter schools are public schools. They are an integral part of Colorado’s education system, and provide parents a range of options to choose the educational environment that works best for their child. Along with my colleagues, I am honored and humbled to receive this award, and want to sincerely thank the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the Colorado League of Charter Schools for their continued support of school-choice policies and invaluable contributions to Colorado public school children.”
In addition to Sias, Representative Brittany Pettersen (D), and Senators Owen Hill (R) and Angela Williams (D) join just 16 other legislators recognized nationwide by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. All four Colorado legislators co-sponsored ground-breaking legislation last year, House Bill 17-1375, which more equitably distributes local district funding for public school children. The legislation garnered the votes of over 75% of the members of the Colorado legislature and was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper.