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HB 17-1375 Bill Signing to Take Place on June 2nd at Rocky Mountain Prep Southwest

Thursday, June 1, 2017  
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HB 17-1375 Bill Signing to Take Place on June 2nd at Rocky Mountain Prep Southwest


WHAT: HB 17-1375 Bill Signing Ceremony


WHO: Governor Hickenlooper, HB 17-1375 Bill Sponsors and Rocky Mountain Prep Students and Staff


WHEN: Friday, June 2 at 9:05 AM


WHERE: Rocky Mountain Prep Southwest, 911 S. Hazel Court, Denver 80219 (first floor of Kepner Middle School)


DETAILS: A bipartisan measure to provide more equal distribution of local mill levy override (MLO) dollars to charter public schools will be signed into law on Friday, June 2 by Gov. John Hickenlooper. 

The bill signing will take place at Rocky Mountain Prep Southwest located on the first floor of Kepner Middle School in Denver (911 S. Hazel Court).

“HB 17-1375 is a significant step towards ensuring that all public school students, regardless of the type of public school they attend, receive the equal funding they deserve,” said House sponsor Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood.

“If all Colorado charter public school students were combined into a single school district, it would be the largest district in the state,” said Senate sponsor Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs. “No group of students should be systematically underfunded, but a group this large and vital to the health of our public school system certainly deserves a level, fair playing field, which HB 17-1375 will finally help provide.”

Not only is this law a significant step towards public school funding equity in Colorado – no other similar law has ever passed in the United States. 

“We are incredibly thankful for the bipartisan effort that went into the creation and passage of HB 17-1375,” said Dan Schaller, Director of Governmental Affairs at the Colorado League of Charter Schools. “Bill sponsors Representatives Lang Sias and Brittany Pettersen, and Senators Owen Hill and Angela Williams should be commended for creating this groundbreaking piece of legislation that will help ensure that all of Colorado public school students receive equal funding for their public education regardless of what type of public school they attend.”

Currently, in Colorado, school districts are not required to share local revenue such as mill levy override dollars with their charter public schools. This has resulted in an approximately $34 million funding disparity between the state’s traditional public schools and charter public schools.

"HB 17-1375 is a bipartisan compromise that first and foremost provides equitable funding for all of Colorado's children no matter what type of school they attend," said Senate sponsor Angela Williams, D-Denver. "For almost 25 years, charter public schools have met students’ needs, lifted achievement and demonstrated parents have choices of where to send their children where they can best succeed academically. Yet Colorado’s children have been hindered by inequities. It’s time to provide equitable financial support to charter school students.”

“No child should have their public school education funded any less than another simply because they attend a public school with the word ‘charter’ in its name,” said House sponsor Rep. Lang Sias, R-Arvada. “HB 17-1375 seeks to address this fundamental issue, and with a combined vote of 77-23 across both chambers at the Capitol, I’m proud to say my colleagues supported it in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion.”

Currently, 115,000 students attend public charter schools in Colorado. This represents nearly 13% of total K-12 public school enrollment in the state. 

The Colorado League of Charter Schools is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to supporting the charter public schools in the state. The League is committed to helping these schools reach higher levels of student performance and overall success by providing information and resources, including technical support, advocacy, and public relations assistance.

Rocky Mountain Prep is the largest early childhood education and elementary-focused charter network in the Denver-Metro area. RMP schools are founded on the two pillars of Rigor and Love, pairing a personalized approach to learning with a nurturing values-based culture.

INFORMATION:  Stacy Rader, Director of Communications, Colorado League of Charter Schools, or


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