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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Is there “Common Ground on Common Core”?

Recently you've heard a lot from us about school funding and the state budget.  Today, I wanted to let you know about three other Great Ed efforts — all geared toward making sure that every student graduates ready for the world. There's no denying that the debate about standards and testing in education has become quite polarized.  This past winter, Great Ed held a series of conversations to find out if there were any areas of consensus beneath the discord, in hopes of giving policymakers a space to move forward in areas where people with diverse views actually ...

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Opportunity for a Long-term Fix?

**UPDATE -- April 28, 2015.  Sadly, after passing the House, HB 1334 was killed ("postponed indefinitely") by a 4-3 vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee this morning. Voting  against the bill were Senators Grantham,  Lambert, Sonnenberg and Woods.  Those supporting the bill were Senators Heath, Hodge, and Steadman. ** For the past several years, Great Ed has worked to find leaders in the legislature who would not just fight for better school funding in the short-term, but would also work toward a long-term plan for an adequate, equitable and sustainable ...

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My Fun Morning at the State Capitol 

By Mary McNeil Cheever, Great Ed Volunteer and Advocate I recently signed up for Great Education Colorado’s Advocacy Day at the capitol to talk to my legislators about public education funding in my district.  Even though I have been involved, on and off, for years with education funding issues, I was pretty nervous about actually going to the capitol, pulling my Senator and Representative off the floor and talking directly with them about these matters. It turns out my fears were entirely unfounded.  Not only did I not need to be nervous, I actually had a lot of ...

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Gut Check

Which Colorado do you want to live in: A) One where we limit and cut funding for education in good economic times because of a formula in the constitution that requires automatic tax rebates; OR B) A Colorado where we use growing revenues to reverse education cuts and invest in the future of our students, our communities, our economy and a vibrant middle class. If you agree that full-day kindergarten, well-supported students and teachers, and individual attention are worth more than a $20 tax rebate, you need to add your voice to our petition telling state ...

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