REWARD Act Introduced in Senate

DENVER — Tuesday, the Senate introduced Senator Kevin Priola's (R-Brighton) Senate Bill 17-200, the Rewarding Excellence with Annual Redirected Dollars, or REWARD Act. 

The REWARD Act regroups all district legacy public and charter schools as "rural" or "non-rural," and rewards the top ten performers among peer district cohorts  for competitive growth and achievement. 

Under the REWARD Act, the top ten achieving school districts in each group--based on assessments and measures set forth by Department of Education--will be awarded with excellence funding. 

The Department shall distribute 35 percent of excellence funding to the top 20 performing school districts in equal shares, and 65 percent of the funding to the remaining school districts on a per-pupil basis.

The REWARD Act creates a healthy, positive competitive education atmosphere, encouraging students and teachers to excel and reach their highest potential. 

"One of the most prized values in our society is a healthy desire to achieve and excel, spurred by competitive growth," said Priola. "Helping students find their strengths through our core principles, while ensuring that Colorado's schools are once again among the highest performing in the country is a top priority for Senate Republicans. I look forward to shepherding this bill through the legislative process."

The REWARD Act will be heard in Senate Education Committee.

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