Colorado’s top senator says he’ll introduce legislation to “rein in” online schools after his request for an online education audit was rejected Tuesday on a party-line vote by the Legislative Audit Committee. "I am very disappointed Republicans chose to make this into a partisan issue, instead of simply doing the right thing," said Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont.
Both KUNC and I-News, who investigated in collaboration with Education News Colorado, have been reporting on K-12 Online Education in Colorado. The results have been discovery of low graduation rates, lax oversight and a widening achievement gap for those that attend online only schools - and calls for a state audit.
Supporters of an initiative that would increase Colorado sales and income taxes and earmark the money raised for education say they will have enough signatures to get the measure placed on the November election ballot. But as Daniel Costello reports, the backers will likely have an uphill battle convincing voters to pass the measure.
At the State Capitol today, State Senator Rollie Heath unveiled “Support Our Schools for a Bright Colorado,” a ballot measure campaign he hopes will bring more funding to higher education and K-12 schools.