When will petitions become available?

We anticipate having petitions available for download on our website the first week in May. Printed petitions are expected soon thereafter.

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What is the final language approved for the ballot initiative?

The Colorado Priorities ballot initiative states: Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes authorizing the state to retain and spend state revenues that exceed the constitutional limitation on state fiscal year spending, and, in connection therewith, authorizing the state to retain and spend all such revenues collected during the ten fiscal years from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2026; authorizing the state to annually retain and spend such revenues for any subsequent fiscal year in an amount equal to the highest amount collected in any single fiscal ...

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What are the next steps following the April 6 Title Board meeting?

There is a seven-day window where one can challenge the proposal. If challenged, a Motion for Rehearing is filed and it will then go back to the April 20 Title Board meeting for another hearing.

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What is the language set by the Title Board for the measures?

The Title Board met on April 6 and set title for the following three versions of the ballot measure: Measure #116 A change to the Colorado Revised Statutes permanently authorizing the state to retain and spend all state revenues that exceed the constitutional limitation on state fiscal year spending, and, in connection therewith, dedicating specified percentages of any revenues retained to fund education and transportation projects and allowing the state to use remaining revenues retained for the same purposes and to fund mental health services and senior service...

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What is the difference between the multiple proposals filed?

There have been five initiatives filed in order to place a measure on the November ballot. Multiple versions have been filed in order to ensure we are able to begin collecting signatures in May. Permanently allow the state to keep revenue beyond the current limit and specify where additional monies must be spent:    at least 35% of any additional funds must be spent on education and at least another 35% must be spent on transportation, and any funds not spent on for those two purposes can only be spent on senior services and mental health. Temporarily allow the ...

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Three proposals from Ritchie and former Colorado State University President Al Yates were filed to allow the state to keep any revenue that comes in over the state's revenue cap and to invest it in areas such as, preschool through 12th-grade education, vocational education, higher education, highways, bridges, mass transit, mental-health services and senior services. Two of the three proposals would allow this only through 2026, while a third would allow it permanently. Only one of the three will make it to the ballot box in November. Multiple proposals were filed to ...

Just look at what you did

Just a few days ago, we asked public education supporters around Colorado to stand with Colorado's school superintendents — either in person or in spirit — at the state capitol, as they called on the legislature for adequate funding of schools. The response was overwhelming. Thousands of Coloradans joined you in showing support. The Denver Post, KUSA, Denver 7, Colorado Public Radio, the Gazette, and the Daily Camera all provided extensive coverage. Hundreds of you showed up at the capitol. It looked like this: Over 2,000 people from over 160 ...

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New Year’s Resolution: Stand Up!

Class sizes too big? School fees too high? Teachers spread too thin? Those are symptoms of a state that chronically underfunds its schools. With the Colorado state legislative session starting next week, it's more important than ever that our state leaders hear the voices of public education supporters who know we can and must do better for our children. Fortunately, Colorado's school superintendents have provided us with a great way to raise our voices together for kids and remind returning legislators what's at stake for Colorado's kids this year: Colorado ...

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Great Education Colorado celebrates Bob Deibel and Colorado’s superintendents at 2015 Luncheon

At the 5th Annual Great Education Colorado Luncheon on October 1, 2015, Great Ed honored Bob Deibel, president of OfficeScapes, and presented Colorado's superintendents with the Vicki A. Mattox Award for Excellence in Education. Scroll down to see the first video from the Colorado School Experience, which features Deibel and premiered at the luncheon, and photos from the event. Learn more about the luncheon and donate here. Our thanks to all who attended and donated so generously to make Great Ed's work — Grassroots Powering Education — possible. Bob ...

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Statement of Great Education Colorado on the Supreme Court Decision in Dwyer v. Colorado

Supreme Court Allows the State to Renege on the Promise Voters Made to Students by Passing Amendment 23 Today’s disappointing decision is, unfortunately, just another in a long line of setbacks for the children of Colorado. Despite the voters' best efforts to take students off the tracks of Colorado’s inevitable fiscal train wreck by passing Amendment 23, the state Supreme Court has put them right back in harm’s way. As the legislature continues to cut $1,000 per student every year, today’s decision slams shut the courthouse door. It appears that the only remedy ...

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