Surrounded by hundreds of cheering children, Governor Owens signed a law Wednesday establishing the first state school voucher program since the U.S. Supreme Court declared such programs constitutional.
He says it will create opportunities for thousands of children.
Beginning next year, Colorado's law allow low-income families to move their children out of struggling public schools and put them in private schools.
The Colorado Education Association represents 36,000 teachers. It is considering a lawsuit challenging the program, arguing that it could cost public schools as much as $200 million in state aid.