(May 10) – A bill by Rep. Janet Buckner to help students gain access to higher education by granting school districts more flexibility when seeking voter approval on bond measures, including to build and lease buildings for use by state institutions of higher education, earned final approved from the House this morning. SB16-209 also clarifies that school districts would be able to accept in-kind services including professional development, scholarships and reduced tuition rates in lieu of lease payments.

“Aurora Public Schools has one of the lowest rates of students going to college in the state,” said Rep. Buckner, D-Aurora. “But we can turn that around. This unique partnership will give students who might otherwise have no opportunity to go to college an incentive to stay in school, work hard and graduate.”

With the passage of the bill, APS intends to ask its voters to support a partnership with higher education to promote and support higher education access for all APS students. This partnership will enhance current college prep programs and allow students to earn college credits.

The 44-21 vote sends the bill to the governor’s desk.

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