Senator Hill’s Open Enrollment Bill Passes Committee

DENVER – Colorado parents may have more choices in their children’s education thanks to new open enrollment legislation (Senate Bill 228), sponsored by Senator Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs), the Chair of the Senate Education Committee.

Senate Bill 228 enacts numerous reforms that allow for students to be enrolled in a district that fits their needs best, such as:

  • Removes the requirement of the home school district to approve transportation to and from another school district (at the expense of the new district).
  • Requires open enrollment application procedures that give priority to students with academic deficiencies.
  • Requires a longer enrollment application period.
  • Requires the ability to apply to at least five schools.
  • Requires online and in-person enrollment.
  • Requires updated notification of acceptance.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to make open enrollment easier for parents and students across Colorado. We believe in this state that all children are deserving of a quality education, and Senate Bill 228 will take us one step closer to that reality,” said Senator Hill.

The legislation passed the Senate Education Committee on a 4-3 party-line vote.

“I’m going to be working hard to talk to my colleagues – on both sides of the aisle – and find a way to make this happen for Colorado students,” continued Senator Hill. “I believe this legislation goes beyond party politics and speaks to the core of what we’re doing with education reform, and I believe this is something that can really bring both sides together.”

Senate Bill 228 now moves to the Senate floor for consideration.

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