Gov. Polis signs bill giving $24M to schools for new migrant students

(The Center Square) – Colorado schools will receive $24 million in state money for one-time allocations to pay for the influx of new migrant students.

House Bill 24-1389, signed into law by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday, will distribute state funds to school districts for “new arrival students” entering after the 2023-24 “pupil enrollment day.”

The bill defines “new arrival students” as a student who “moved from another country to Colorado, directly or indirectly; who has been in the United States for less than one year; who is not proficient in English or has limited English proficiency; and whose enrollment in a Colorado public school is the student’s first school enrollment in the United States.”

The bill passed 49-15 in the House and 18-7 in the Senate.

“This bipartisan law helps ensure school districts receive the funding they need to educate students where they are currently attending
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