Senator Nancy Spence (R-Centennial) deserves Colorado’s Charter School Champion Award. A few weeks ago she led the charge to flip a highly regulatory, anti-charter school bill upside down. Today, she got the School Finance Act amended to prevent charter school students from being shortchanged. Spence’s nemesis in both cases has been Senator Sue Windels (D-Arvada).
After winning Round Two, the state senate’s Charter School Champion expressed her frustration:
â€œFrankly, Iâ€™m getting sick and tired of these repeated attempts, bill after bill, year after year, to undermine charters,â€ Spence said. â€œParents want them because their kids obviously aren’t being served by traditional schools. After trying for years to reason with lawmakers who donâ€™t support charter school, Iâ€™m fed up.â€
Sharing her sentiment, I also know that she is by no means looking to give up on this important front in the struggle for educational freedom. And even after her days in the legislature are past, there will be plenty of others to defend charter schools from attacks and to carry the banner forward for greater opportunity. Thank you, Senator Spence, for your leadership on this issue.