$642 Million Shortfall #YesonAmendment73

Why support Amendment 73? http://www.greatschoolsthrivingcommunities.org

We have worked for public school funding in Jeffco for years, yet we’ve never caught up with the cuts made since the 2008 recession.   That’s why we are so excited about Amendment 73. Finally, an opportunity to make up for the horrible B.S. Factor/ Negative Factor that has plagued our state’s public schools since 2009.

As a result of the Negative Factor, Jeffco, like every other school district in the state, is operating on a shortfall.   In Jeffco, that cumulative shortfall is $642 million. Amendment 73 would bring to Jeffco, $134 million additional annual revenue.

92% of Colorado filers would see no increase in their state taxes, and it stabilizes the local level funding – for school districts only – giving our non-residential property owners relief by dropping their rates from 29% to 24% before freezing it, and dropping the residential rate from 7.2% to 7.0% and freezing it. Amendment 73

  • Increases the base funding for ALL students – Jeffco gets an additional $1,609 per pupil funding
  • Provides funding for Full-Day Kindergarten
  • Increases revenue going to early childhood education
  • Expands the definition of “at risk” students to count Free AND Reduced Lunch kids
  • Increases funding for:
    • Special Ed
    • Gifted and Talented
    • English Learners

Colorado has one of the highest performing economies in the nation, yet we are $2,800 below the national average in per pupil funding, trailing behind Mississippi and Alabama. Colorado can do better. We strongly endorse Amendment 73.

Jonna Levine & Shawna Fritzler
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