One. More. Week!

With one week to go, there is no shortage of crazy going on at the Capitol. The Governor’s office dropped a new bill on tobacco tax, the School Finance Act is quickly making its way through the Senate and House, and Committees are wrapping up for the year. School Finance Act (SB19-246) On Tuesday, the School Finance Act made its way through the Senate with a particularly important amendment introduced by Senator Zenzinger: an additional $22 million for Tier B Special Education Funding added in to the School Finance Act! On Thursday, it passed through the House Educat...

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What do the School Finance Act and $102 million have in common…?

So much happened this week, as we enter into the home stretch of this session. While there is a lot to celebrate in the world of school funding at the legislature, we still have our work cut out for us. Keep reading to learn more… The School Finance Act (SFA) The School Finance Act (SB-246) was introduced in the Senate this Tuesday and we are feeling great about how it began. Senators Todd and Lundeen along with Representatives McClachlan and Wilson decided to use the additional dollars coming in from the higher than projected Residential Assessment Rate to:Buy ...

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This is not a drill!

Before we dive into this week’s legislative update, I want to remind everyone why we do what we do.Read the investigation and full report from The Colorado Sun here.Our students’ mental health is a top concern, and one of the major reasons we MUST continue to fight with passion and urgency to secure the funding our schools so desperately need. With additional funding, Colorado public schools can hire the necessary professionals to support students academically, socially and emotionally.Funding for schools is about so much more than numbers on a spread...

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One month to go!

With one month left in this year’s legislative session, this week was nothing short of eventful: the debrucing bills were up in their first committee hearings, the budget made its way through the House with some education wins, and Great Ed co-sponsored the Public Education Funding Lobby Day with over 45 advocates in attendance! Keep reading to learn more... The Long Bill (SB19-207) passed through the House Thursday demonstrated why the Long Bill is given its name, as the House debated through 89 amendments to the budget until almost 1am. We’ll spare you listening to ...

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And the late nights at the Capitol are just beginning…

There's been no shortage of excitement at the Capitol this week, with the budget making its way through the Senate, funding for full-day Kindergarten being introduced, and much much more...there will be plenty of things to talk with legislators about at next week's Public Education Funding Lobby Day! Public Education Funding Lobby Day is NEXT WEEK! **LAST CHANCE** Sign up to join other activists from across the state for the Public Education Funding Lobby Day on April 4! We'll head to the Capitol, talk with your legislators, hear from seasoned advocates, and most ...

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No slowing down now…

It's crunch-time! Everything is ramping up under the Dome as the long-bill is prepared to be finalized, the School Finance Act is being put together, and legislators have only six weeks left to make sure they've made a positive impact for our public schools this session. This update provides a rundown of what's happened this week, and  previews what you can expect in the next few weeks. The Long Bill On Tuesday, the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) presented their work on the Long Bill (aka the state budget) on Tuesday which included two important notes for education ...

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60 days down, 60 days to go…

Wednesday marked the halfway point of the legislative session — that means things will really start speeding up in what's already been an exciting session. The legislature made some important decisions regarding funding for next year's state education fund and full-day kindergarten. Read on to find out what's happening... Full-Day Kindergarten Moves Ahead There is finally a bill draft for full-day kindergarten that will be introduced by Representatives Wilson and McLachlan! Sponsors are looking to introduce this bill as soon as possible. Some details:Currently ...

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Money, money, and more money

This week we've had our eyes on the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) and the Governor's office as they take big steps on public education funding. The JBC  hearings can be a LOT to dive into...so we're here to summarize what's been happening and what you need to pay attention to moving forward.And just a reminder -- to be an advocate, you don't have to know all the ins-and-outs of school finance.  We're just giving you the skinny, so that you can dive in at a level that's comfortable! JBC Supplemental Bill Update Over the past couple of weeks, we have talked about ...

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The legislature continues to take (small) steps forward for public education

As you know, we here at Great Ed are laser-focused on making sure the legislature uses every tool available to  support sustainable and equitable increases to school funding.  That's more than a full-time job (which is why we need you to help!). Here are some of the bills we are monitoring which take steps to increase school funding. Keep in mind, Colorado is over $2 billion behind the national average in per pupil funding. Joint Budget Committee Supplemental Bill Last week, an amendment was proposed by Representative Kipp to bring back $12.1 million to school ...

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