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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Lights. Camera. Action.

We’ve never done this before. Want in? We believe that every student deserves a fair shot at success. We're also certain that if Coloradans knew that poor school funding is getting in our kids’ way, they'd care and they’d take action. So how can we make sure they know? We need video. Today, we’re inviting you to help us crowdfund our new video project: The Colorado School Experience.  We’re seeking small donations (any amount truly makes a difference) from lots of people to make sure that more Coloradans understand the impact of budget cuts on our ...

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There’s no free lunch . . . or summer school

Have you noticed the “Something for Nothing” Syndrome when it comes to public education in Colorado? It’s where opinion leaders and policy makers decide something good should happen, but commit nothing to making it possible. Under the Syndrome, Colorado keeps adding to a list of important, beneficial outcomes — like increased proficiency on higher standards, improved literacy among young children, continuous improvement of instruction — and ignores the fact that schools need additional resources to meet the higher expectations. In the last six years, the ...

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A Mom’s Take on the 2015 Legislative Session

Here's a Mother's Day observation: Advocating at the Capitol is a lot like parenting. It takes patience, persistence and consistency. You have to be clear in your expectations and you aren't always certain that you're actually being heard — though in the long-run you often find that you got the message across. And just like parenting, it's important to celebrate the day-to-day advocacy victories, even though your job isn't done. That's the story of this legislative session: 1 We sent a consistent message. Together, we communicated our demand for better ...

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Whom will Great Ed honor this year?

Great Education Colorado will honor the very deserving Bob Deibel, education advocate and president of OfficeScapes, at its annual luncheon in 2015. 5th Annual Great Education Colorado Luncheon Honoring Bob Deibel Thursday, October 1 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street Having built a thriving office interiors company, Bob Deibel has devoted his "extracurricular" energies to ensuring that all Colorado students have the opportunity to succeed in both the workplace and their communities. He has done this through his leadership on such civic ...

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These dollars are for schools.

[**UPDATE: May 1, 2015.  The Senate has given final approval to SB15-267, the School Finance Act, with an amendment (Section 5) stating the legislature's intent that increased property tax revenue will be used for schools, rather than to help fund other parts of the budget.  Our thanks to the hundreds who wrote to their legislators asking that they support the amendment.**] We just learned that there is $70 million more available to the legislature to spend on schools without cutting anything else in the budget. Really. Why? Because the value of property in ...

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Keep the TABOR Surplus for Kids Petition: Special Delivery

We just delivered more than 3,100 of your petition signatures and 600 stories to the governor and legislators at the Capitol. Our message to state leaders: Do whatever it takes to use Colorado's growing state revenues to pay back the debt we owe our kids after six years of cuts. In short, we are asking the governor and legislature to keep the TABOR "surplus" for kids. We've even given legislators a simple way to demonstrate that they share these values. Last month, we sent legislators a letter asking them to sign this statement: I agree that Colorado ...

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