By Luke Ragland, President of Ready Colorado
After an incredible display of bipartisan cooperation in the closing moments of the most recent legislative session, Colorado is again a national leader in student and family-centered education reform. Earlier this month, the legislature passed a historic, bipartisan school funding reform ensuring that local tax dollars for education will be shared equally with charter school students.
Colorado has long led the way on bold and forward-looking education reforms. In fact, our state was one of the first in the nation to support the creation of public charter schools almost 25 years ago. When it comes to Colorado students, charter schools have delivered results that consistently exceed traditional public schools, and have done so with far less funding and resources. Data from the Colorado Department of Education shows that charter schools not only serve a more diverse population of students, but charter school students perform better on state tests than their peers in traditional neighborhood schools.