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HB18-1232 has been introduced in the Colorado State Legislature.

The bill creates a new public school funding distribution formula to replace the existing formula (1994 formula). The new distribution formula is effective for the second budget year following voter approval of a ballot measure that increases state revenue for funding preschool through high school public education, which is not included in the bill. 

The most concerning elements of the proposed legislation within the Private ECE Provider Community include:

1. Counts preschool students as half-day pupils, anticipating conforming changes to the Colorado preschool program, following enactment of the bill

2. Remove limits on the number of 4- and 5-year-old pupils attending state-funded preschool and the pupil eligibility criteria for 4- and 5-year-old pupils

3. The new public school funding distribution formula contemplates universal, quality preschool for four- and five-year-old children, for which each child is funded as a half-day pupil,

4. Does not limit preschool funding for four- and five-year-old children to a restricted number of preschool program participants or by a child's risk factors

The bill takes effect only if voters approve a ballot measure no later than the 2022 statewide general election that increases funding for preschool through high school public education.


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