SJK 2016 Endorsements

Support Jeffco Kids Endorsements 2016

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Making endorsements of candidates and issues is never easy. We discuss the candidates and their involvement in our district and support of public education extensively and we take this action very seriously as 86,000 children are depending on all of us to make educated decisions. SJK is pleased to announce our endorsements for the 2016 election:

The Handout:

SJK 2016 Endorsements

The short version:

Jeffco Schools 3A and 3B – http://www.supportjeffcoschools.com

  • 3A is a Mill Levy Override that will provide $33 million in operating expenses
  • 3B is a Bond for capital funding that will provide $535 million for long-term costs

These measures provide vital funding to upgrade security and technology, keep quality teachers in the classroom, and ensure students have the necessary skills for college and the workforce – all for approximately $4.12 per month for every $100,000 in home value.

State Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp – House District 29 – http://tracyforstaterep.com

State Representative Brittany Pettersen – House District 28- http://www.brittanypettersen.com

State Representative Jessie Danielson – House District 24 – http://www.jessiedanielson.com

Candidate for State Representative Tammy Story- House District 25 – http://story4co.com

Candidate for State Representative Chris Kennedy –House District 23 – http://www.kennedy4co.com

Candidate for State Senate Rachel Zenzinger –State Senate District 19 – http://www.rachelforcolorado.com

Casey Tighe, County Commissioner – http://www.tigheforjeffco.org

Candidate for County Commissioner Marti Smith – http://www.smith4jeffco.com

Candidate for Jeffco District Attorney Jake Lilly – http://jakelilly.com

Congressman Ed Perlmutter, Congressional District 7 – http://www.perlmutterforcolorado.com/issues/education/

 

The Details:

Jeffco Schools 3A and 3B – http://www.supportjeffcoschools.com

  • 3A is a Mill Levy Override that will provide $33 million in operating expenses
  • 3B is a Bond for capital funding that will provide $535 million for long-term costs

These measures provide vital funding to upgrade security and technology, keep quality teachers in the classroom, and ensure students have the necessary skills for college and the workforce – all for approximately $4.12 per month for every $100,000 in home value.

State Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp – House District 29 – http://tracyforstaterep.com

“I have not and do not support Tax Credits and voucher/choice scholarships and have no intention of supporting legislation on tax credits and vouchers/choice scholarships.

“…I started out my career as a middle school teacher and have served as a volunteer and as a member of the SPAC…I have supported legislation to support parental involvement, to decrease social studies testing and to create a school board ethics commission.”

State Representative Brittany Pettersen – House District 28- http://www.brittanypettersen.com

“I have never and will never support vouchers. This would pull money out of our already strained school system. Public education is a public good that should always be there…”

“I grew up here in Jeffco … I would have never had the opportunity to succeed and change the path I was likely to go in without those teachers in my life who believed in me. My experience has given me the insight and appreciation of the importance of those fundamental community investments in each other. Education is a public good that is essential in breaking the cycle of poverty and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to succeed.”

State Representative Jessie Danielson – House District 24 – http://www.jessiedanielson.com

“I am passionately dedicated to keeping public schools public, and ensuring our Jeffco kids get a high quality education.

“…We need to debruce at the state level and allow us to use our revenue to make improvements in schools without raising taxes. School finance should no longer be seen as our backup reserve when we hit a recession so that we never get into this position again.”

Candidate for State Representative Tammy Story- House District 25 – http://story4co.com

“… I want to make sure that every child has access to an exceptional public school education with highly qualified teachers.

“Public education is the backbone of our society. I support exemplary funding for K-12 education across our state so students can learn from the best teachers in safe, up-to-date classrooms. I believe in accountability and transparency without overburdening our children and teachers with excessive testing.”

Candidate for State Representative Chris Kennedy –House District 23 – http://www.kennedy4co.com

“I oppose vouchers and any other mechanisms for taking tax dollars out of public schools and putting them into private schools.

“… We need to invest in more counselors and wrap-around services, and we need to find ways to help all kids feel included and successful.

“Colorado’s income taxes and residential property taxes are among the lowest in the country, so it’s no surprise that we rank near the bottom of all 50 states when it comes to education funding.

“We need the resources to keep class sizes small and recruit and retain the best teachers.”

Candidate for State Senate Rachel Zenzinger –State Senate District 19 – http://www.rachelforcolorado.com

“I do not support tax credits for private schools nor do I support vouchers. …Vouchers and tax credit programs undermine existing public schools and do not actually improve greater school choice or increased access for all students  

“I am a sixth generation educator, with both Bachelors and Masters degrees in education, and I’ve dedicated most of my professional life to education and educational issues. I have experience in early childhood, K-12, higher education, and adult education.

“I will be a champion for our schools and do what I can to support greater student achievement, greater access and equity, higher standards and accountability, and work to advance the profession!”

Casey Tighe, County Commissioner – http://www.tigheforjeffco.org

“School safety should be a concern for the entire community …School safety starts with hiring and retaining quality teachers, administrators and staff and then engaging parents and students in the school.  

“… Quality schools make for a better community. Public education is a foundation of America’s freedom.”

Candidate for County Commissioner Marti Smith – http://www.smith4jeffco.com

“A) not in favor of vouchers and tax credits to private or religious schools, including Choice Scholarships; B) charter school funding decisions with school board, but educational guidelines required…

“Marti is a former public school teacher… She believes in the public school system, and the separation of the private sector and public funding. She also is in favor of 3A/3B to fix and support further development of our school buildings and opportunities identified by the Superintendent and Jeffco School Board.”

Candidate for Jeffco District Attorney Jake Lilly – http://jakelilly.com

“I believe in local control of public schools. I believe all school systems must be completely transparent…”

“ I mentioned Safe2Tell…Immediately, my seven-year-old son started repeating safe to tell and expanding on it…he told me he learned it at school…Obviously, school safety is a particularly sensitive subject in Colorado. School Resource Officers are an important step in school safety…”

Congressman Ed Perlmutter –Congressional District 7 http://www.perlmutterforcolorado.com/issues/education/

Ed is a product of Jefferson County Public Schools and has been a tremendous supporter of public education.

“Providing the best education possible for our children means parents, teachers and communities must work together toward the same goal. The value of a family’s investment in our children’s education cannot be overstated…. We also need to make sure our teachers have the tools and resources they need to provide our children with a solid, well-rounded education…”

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