The start of a new legislative session often is a time when optimism runs high as our elected representatives in state government talk about all the ways they plan to make our lives better. Then there’s that pesky school funding issue.
Just a few days before the Colorado Legislature went into session last week, The Colorado Sun reported that a special committee formed to create a more equitable formula for distributing state money to public schools apparently had reached an impasse.
The Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance, a bipartisan panel that only meets when the Legislature is out of session, hasn’t been able to come up with a better process in its three years of work. This news didn’t exactly fill some legislators with confidence about getting anything significant done this year on what should be one of state’s highest priorities.