Great Futures Campaign: Great futures start with a great education
In January 2010, Great Ed launched a statewide coalition-building campaign. Together, this coalition advocates for an education system that will prepare all children for the challenges of the 21st century. Great Ed provides the staff and organizing tools to its coalition partners (already comprising more than 20 diverse organizations), thereby informing and activating thousands of supporters to advocate for a ballot measure giving voters an alternative to a continuation of the extensive cuts that Preschool, K-12, and higher education students will experience in the 2010-11 school year. For more information, go to www.greatfuturescolorado.org.
In 2016, in conjunction with other education-focused organizations, Great Ed launched the Great Schools, Thriving Communities coalition (GSTC), whose goal is to develop and advocate for policy that increases education funding. In 2018, GSTC spearheaded the Yes On Amendment 73 campaign, then the most comprehensive school funding initiative introduced in the history of the state. In 2020, GSTC supported Initiative 271, which would have raised $1 billion per year to recruit, retain, and pay teachers and education support staff.
B.E.S.T. – Build Excellent Schools Today
Inspired by Great Ed’s statewide tours for state leaders, B.E.S.T. is the most substantial commitment of state resources to school construction in Colorado history – well over $200 million in construction projects so far, including new school buildings in impoverished areas. Over the next several years, BEST should provide close to $1 billion in school capital construction.
Outreach: GEC Informing and Advocating Statewide
Interest and demand for Great Ed’s work is at an all time high. Great Ed has made over 60 presentations in 2010, with no let up in sight. Great Ed’s Facebook page and blog readership has increased five-fold in one year. Our volunteer corps has grown in number and strength, and we now boast active community liaisons from a number of metro area and rural school districts.