Sias’s charter school equity funding bill headed to the governor’s desk

Rep. Lang Sias – Arvada (HD 27)

DENVER—Earlier today, the Senate passed House Bill 1375 by a vote of 31-4. If signed by the governor, the bill, sponsored by Representative Lang Sias (R-Arvada), makes major changes in how charter schools are funded in Colorado.

House Bill 1375, which passed the House last night, requires school districts to equitably share mill levy revenue regardless of the type of public school a child attends. Districts that already share equitably will be required to continue sharing, while other districts will be required to develop a plan by 2018, and implement the plan in the 2019-2020 school year.

“This legislation is a resounding bipartisan victory for kids across the state and for school choice,” said Sias. “After several years of championing this legislation at the capitol, I am pleased to see colleagues on both sides of the aisle support legislation to fund public schools fairly and equitably.

“I offer special thanks to the co-sponsors of this legislation, Representative Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood) and Senators Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs) and Angela Williams (D-Denver), as well as the many people and organizations who played invaluable roles in this victory, including the Colorado League of Charter Schools.”

House Republican Leader Patrick Neville added:

“I am extremely proud of the work Representative Sias has put into helping charter schools and the success of this bill reflects his ability as a leader, and his commitment to this issue without needing the glory or attention is a testament to his character.”