2016 Great Education Colorado Impact Report

With more than 20,000 supporters in over 200 communities across Colorado, Great Education Colorado is a statewide, nonpartisan advocacy organization that brings grassroots muscle to the fight for improved investment in public education. Check out our accomplishments for the first 6 months of this year in our 2016 Great Ed Impact Report.

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Is more money really going to improve education?

Studies demonstrate that well-targeted dollars have a direct, positive effect on student outcomes.   To list just a few: A study published in 2015 showed that a 10% increase in school funding for low-income students resulted in a 9.5% increase in their earnings as adults. Investing in smaller class sizes matters. Don’t have time to read the literature? Ask a teacher. Every state that ranks ahead of Colorado in achievement spends more than Colorado spends per pupil. Quality early childhood education, increased teacher salaries, summer school, professional ...

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If this measure passes, what prevents the legislature from reducing the amount they would have funded K12 education?

This ballot measure requires at least 35% of the additional revenue to be directed to education, including pre-school through 12th grade education, vocational education and higher education. As in every legislative session, the legislature has the ability to cut education in order to fund other areas of the state budget. However, the negative factor provides a mechanism for tracking those cuts and our advocates will be at the Capitol highlighting the shell game if that becomes an issue.

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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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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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