Thanks for trying, Representative Wilson

Thanks for trying, Representative Jim Wilson – 

As 2020 closes, along with the Colorado Legislative special session, education groups and school district leadership will be turning their eyes toward the new 2021 session scheduled to begin January 6, 2021.

One of the issues in the forefront of school leadership minds, legislators’ minds, and education advocacy minds is what happens to school funding. Dealing with COVID has created so many new challenges for school districts, employees, and families – so much of which has already and will continue to significantly impact school funding.

During this Special Session, one of the bills that has support from Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB), the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE), and the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance is a bill sponsored by outgoing Representative Jim Wilson.

House Bill 20B-1009, Prohibit Reduction of School Funding Fiscal Year 2020-21, according to CASB, “would have maintained the K-12 funding amount passed by the Legislature during the regular 2020 session, in an attempt to hold K-12 funding ‘harmless’ if the budget has to be reduced.”  CASB, CASE, and the Rural Schools Alliance all wrote in support of the bill.

Unfortunately, the bill has been assigned to the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, also known as the Kill Committee.  According to CASB, “several legislators expressed support for the concept of the bill, but didn’t feel the bill fit under the scope of terms they could consider during the Special Session”.   Unfortunately, Representative Jim Wilson will not be returning to the Colorado legislature, so that means we need other legislators to pick up this torch in support for this concept.

You can read HB20B-1009:  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/HB20B-1009