Colorado Lawmaker Accused Of Trying To ‘Hijack’ School Finance Bill
By Ann Marie Awad
With mere days left in Colorado’s legislative session, lawmakers on the Senate Education Committee took up what started out as a rather slim school finance act, the bill that sets funding levels for all of the state’s 178 school districts each year. Because next year’s budget hasn’t been pinned down, part of the bill’s debate hinged on the uncertainty of funds. But the bill still left the committee, weighed down with an unexpected amendment — one that would require school districts to share funds from voter-approved property tax hikes and bond issues with their charter schools.