Special needs students get boost in Colorado bill

By Sandra Fish

CHALKBEAT

Colorado school districts will get more money for students with more serious disabilities under a Public School Finance Act that received initial Senate approval Tuesday.

State Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, an Arvada Democrat, successfully amended Senate Bill 246 to add $22 million in increased funding for students with autism spectrum disorders, visual and hearing impairments, traumatic brain injuries and certain other conditions that require more services to meet their educational needs.

“This is a critical amendment to our school finance formula that will make a really significant impact for our special needs students,” Zenzinger said.

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