Another important message regarding education funding from our friends at Great Education Colorado. Please read and pass along so people understand the facts!
The 2017 Legislative Session Has Begun!
The 2017 Legislative Session is now underway. Even though Colorado has one of the fastest growing economies in the country, there is not enough revenue to cover the cost of maintaining current obligations for schools and other essential public services. What does this mean?
Unfortunately, it means that school funding won’t even keep pace with inflation this year. In fact, as reported by Chalkbeat Colorado, the chair of the powerful Joint Budget Committee just warned that schools’ buying power will fall even farther behind where it was before the Great Recession:
“[Rep Bob] Rankin projected that the negative factor — in effect, a funding shortfall — will grow from roughly $831 million to more than $1 billion. That’s more than three times the $46 million increase in Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper’s November budget proposal.”
As a supporter of public schools, you know what that means:
- students losing out on basic educational opportunities,
- schools unable to attract and retain qualified teachers, and
- growing inequities across school districts.
Great Ed will keep you current with news and information on bills affecting education funding on our 2017 Legislative Session website page. Contact us with questions and suggestions on how we can keep you current and up-to-speed on issues impacting school funding.