Thursday, April 17, 2003

A few thousand more out. . .

Gov. Bill Owens has signed the Colorado school choice bill into law.

The program is targeted at struggling students from low-income families. About 3,200 such students from 11 Colorado school districts will be eligible when the program begins in fall 2004. That number can grow to about 20,000 students when the program is fully implemented in fall 2007 - potentially making Colorado's program the largest in the nation. The bill attracted support from several community leaders and key Democrats, including former state School Board member Gully Stanford and present board member Jared Polis. "This is just the beginning," said Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, a Golden think tank that began pushing for vouchers in 1985. "This will give people a taste of freedom," Caldara said. "Once you give people a taste, there's no turning back."

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