Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance – Public Comment

Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance – Public Comment

The Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance is seeking public comment on the school funding formula and the committee’s work.

We have been following the committee’s work this summer and provided updates, just as we did in this July 1, 2019 post:  http://www.supportjeffcokids.org/legislative-interim-committee-on-school-finance-rearranging-the-deck-chairs-on-the-titanic/

A key point is, while the committee is inviting public comment

(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexrvLwFgWd8UCSegYykb4w5MTzo5MaDWMr8ziz0fYwQx0VRw/viewform), the form that is provided on-line assumes one group of students be chosen over another; and just as with the committee’s previous work in 2018, their efforts for real collaboration with much of the education community, most specifically the state’s superintendents, has been lacking.

Support Jeffco Kids proudly supported the superintendents’ work in 2018, when the state’s superintendents did their own research and collaboration around what school funding should look like.  Ultimately, it became proposed legislation sponsored by then Representative Dave Young  (http://www.supportjeffcokids.org/a-recap-of-hb1232/).

We are happy to support the superintendents’ work and public comment to the Interim Committee on School Finance now.

Superintendents Letter

The real issue, of course, is a lack of revenue. To quote the superintendents’ letter:

“ …the most important component to a new school funding formula is additional revenue. Without additional revenue, adjustments within the current formula or implementation of a new formula will inevitably result in creating winners and losers among districts that are already functioning in a grossly underfunded system.”

If you review the attachments to the superintendents’ letter/public comment you will see they quite clearly illustrate how far behind Colorado is.

For the committee to propose any changes to our funding formula to better support any group of students without increasing revenue is only a form of re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Please take a moment to read the superintendents’ letter and share it.  And then, send a similar message to each of the members on the Interim Committee expressing the most important component to a new school funding formula is additional revenue. Without additional revenue, adjustments within the current formula or implementation of a new formula will inevitably result in creating winners and losers among our state’s students.  And encourage them to collaborate with the state’s superintendents on this work.

Here’s a link to the committee website: http://leg.colorado.gov/committees/legislative-interim-committee-school-finance/2019-regular-session

Rep. Julie McCluskie, Committee Chair:  Julie.mccluskie.house@state.co.us

Rep. Shannon Bird: Shannon.bird.house@state.co.us

Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg: senatorsonnenberg@gmail.com

Sen. Rachel Zenzinger: senatorrachelz@gmail.com

Sen. Paul Lundeen, Vice Chair: paul.lundeen.senate@state.co.us

Sen. Jeff Bridges: jeff.bridges.senate@state.co.us

Sen. Nancy Todd: nancy.todd.senate@state.co.us

Rep. Mark Baisley: mark.baisley.house@state.co.us

Rep. Tim Geitner: tim.geitner.house@state.co.us

Rep. James Wilson: representativewilson@gmail.com

 

If you prefer to use our template to write a letter, please do so by going to this link.