One lone member of the Colorado House of Representatives just couldn't bring herself to vote for a charter school bill: Rep. Debbie Benefield (D-Westminster). Even with three charter schools operating in her district (Jefferson Academy, Woodrow Wilson Academy and Excel Academy), Rep. Benefield voted against SB 176. SB 176, sponsored by Sen. Spence and Rep. Casso, Charter School Participation in School District Bond Elections passed the House on a vote of 64 to 1 (pg. 1197 of the Journal).
Last year several charter schools either were told by the authorizing school district that they couldn't participate in the district's bond question on the ballot or else were given the information so late in the process that deadlines were impossible to meet. SB 176 was watered down in the Senate in order for it to pass. The bill now goes to the Senate for approval of amendments made in the House.