In today's Rocky Mountain News, there is an editorial titled "Charters Get Short Stick." As I've discussed here and here and here and about Aurora specifically here and here and here there will certainly be repurcussions for the school districts either not including their charter schools in bond and mill levy ballot questions, or not including them equitably.
Seven metro Denver school districts are running ballot questions for $1.9 billion in bond revenue. Only $15 million of this amount would go to the 56 charter schools in these districts, which equals 0.8% of the total. This 0.8% would go toward charter school students in districts where 5% of their students are educated in charter schools.
The statute states that charter schools will be considered equitably, but does not have any consequence if the district decides not to treat their charter schools equitably. Due to
Senate President Peter Groff's firm commitment to charter schools, this issue is certain to be discussed by the 2009 General Assembly.
It will also be discussed at Friday's Charter School Finance Seminar. After lunch Colorado League of Charter Schools' lobbyist, Sean Bradley, and D.A. Davidson and Co's, Russ Caldwell, will be discussing legislative priorities for charter schools in the upcoming session.