Why Should You Support Amendment 73?
Colorado is experiencing a teacher shortage crisis — 95% of teachers in rural districts don’t make enough salary to meet the cost of living.
Colorado ranks #2 in return on educational investment, but we don’t invest enough to eliminate our achievement gaps.
Half of Colorado school districts have one or more schools operating on a 4-day school week.
Education funding has not recovered from the recession: In the 2017-18 school year alone, Colorado schools were underfunded by nearly $830 million.
Colorado’s investment in education is lagging behind other states. We rank near the bottom in personal income invested in education.
Colorado needs to spend between $2,000 and $2,800 more per pupil to meet the national average.
The Great School, Thriving Communities Amendment 73:
Creates sustainable support for schools and relief to state budget!
Visit the campaign website for more information: http://www.greatschoolsthrivingcommunities.org/
Local Benefit to Senate Districts 16, 19, 20 and 22:
School District Reduction in 2018-19 funding compared to 2009-10 – $61.0 million
Additional Funding with GSTC – $134.4 million
Mills required to raise the same amount through MLO election 14.3
Amount raised by 1 mill $9,415,338
The initiative also plans for equitable distribution of the revenue raised. Unless and until the legislature creates a more equitable School Finance Formula, this initiative would:
- Increase base funding for all students
- Provide for full-day kindergarten and increase the amount of revenue going to early childhood education funding
- Expand the definition of “at-risk” students to count free and reduced lunch kids
- Significantly increase the amount of funds passing from the state to local districts for: English Language Learners, Special Education, and Gifted & Talented students
Dollars are under control of the locally elected school board. Examples of how funding could be spent (there are many and this will be up to local control including your input at the annual community budget forums):
- Safety and security
- Mental health
- Career and technical education
- School maintenance and repair
- Reducing class size