Tell Your Legislators: “Show me you support public education!”
Public education is your priority. It should be your state senator’s and representative’s, too. Here’s a really easy way to tell them exactly what they need to do to show it: pass the Governor’s request for a $110 more per student (to start catching up to what we spent before the recession) and pass HB18-1232 to make Colorado’s school finance system more fair and adequate. It’s easy, click here.
Sign up to Carry and/or Sign a Petition to Fund Our Schools More Adequately and Equitably
Did you hear? Better school funding could be on the statewide ballot this year!
Maybe you saw one of the articles from late last week — Coloradans seeking more school funding inch closer to 2018 ballot or Education tax plan has merit. We couldn’t be more excited that two concerned citizens, DJ Anderson and Martha Olson, stepped up to lead the charge to more adequately and equitably fund our public schools.
Help us thank them by signing up today to carry or sign a petition in order to give Colorado voters a chance to support public schools this November.
Register to Attend an Upcoming Brown Bag Luncheon
Colorado Education Network will be hosting two Friday brown-bag lunches on January 5th (in person and virtual), and January 12th (in person and virtual). These lunches are an opportunity to stay informed, give your feedback on policies affecting school funding, and find out how to get involved and show support in various ways. Your input will directly affect some of citizen’s ballot initiatives that are being explored.
Download Your School District Toolkit
A custom toolkit is available for each of the 178 school districts that include:
- Custom presentation that explains school finance basics and your district’s level of funding
- One-page handout on your school district
- Colorado school funding statistics and information specific to your school district
You can access the Google drive that houses all toolkits here.
Join the Colorado Education Network
The Colorado Education Network is a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to promoting public education in Colorado. The Network’s Promise of Colorado campaign is designed to provide Coloradans with tools to advocate for public schools. The CEN is not a political initiative and is not advocating for any specific school finance/funding reform. Learn more at www.ColoradoEducationNetwork.org.
Sign onto an Open Letter to State Leaders
Fifteen diverse organizations in Colorado signed a letter to state leaders urging them to recognize that education is the bedrock of our strength as a state. We know that in order to have thriving communities, we need vibrant public schools, learning opportunities for every child and much more. Read the letter and sign today!
Design a State Budget that Reflects Your Values
Great Education Colorado and the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) have developed Mission: Possible, an interactive online budget simulation that allows Coloradans to make their own spending and revenue choices for the state budget. Great Ed and CASB teamed up on this project because we believe all state residents must understand Colorado’s fiscal challenges and all possible solutions. In Colorado, because of constitutional amendments, it is voters – not legislators – who make the most important decisions about how Colorado invests in its future.
Sign up for a School Tour
School tours provide participants with an in-depth look at the successes and challenges in Colorado’s classrooms. Discussions with parents, students and administrators allow a first-hand look at how state policies affect Colorado’s schools and students. Contact us to learn more about how you can attend an upcoming school tour.
Sign Up for a Presentation
Schedule a Presentation and Great Ed will come to your school, community organization or event and provide an opportunity to have a dialogue with your community on why quality education is the foundation of individual opportunity, community vitality and a prospering economy.
Check out our Resource library that has videos, fact sheets and more explaining why #FundingMatters. Understanding school finance in Colorado is no easy task—but these resources will help you do just that! This brief video presents one concept, but you can explore more details by then reviewing our full presentation on school funding. Watch the video and review other resources here.
Support the Colorado School Experience project
We’re inviting you to partner with us to collect small donations from lots of people to make sure that more Coloradans understand the impact of budget cuts on our students. We have pages and pages of stories that people — parents, teachers, concerned citizens like you, and kids — have submitted to us. The written words are devastating — but they don’t do the stories justice. We need Coloradoans to SEE the stories and hear from the kids themselves. We need your help to raise enough money to document these stories in video; in ways that legislators and voters cannot ignore. Donate here.