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Colorado House advances charter school funding deal, school finance bill after tensions mount

By: Nicholas Garcia, Chalkbeat
May 9, 2017 Updated: May 9, 2017 at 8:14 am
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State Rep. Brittany Pettersen, a Lakewood Democrat, sits alone on the House of Representatives floor as members of her own party filibustered her compromise on charter school funding. (Courtesy of Nicholas Garcia, Chalkbeat)

The Colorado House of Representatives advanced a crucial school funding bill and a controversial compromise that could send more money to charter schools after a group of Democrats from both chambers threatened to upend the deal as the legislature was running out time to complete its work.

The deal, months in the making but only made public during the final three days of this year’s legislative session, aims to put an end to a two-year debate over whether school districts should share local tax increases with their charter schools.

The compromise became entangled in the larger funding bill after a months-long standoff between the legislature’s two chambers over Senate Bill 61, that would mandate school districts share their tax increases.

Read more at chalkbeat.org.

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