Media Release: Open Letter to State Leaders

Education advocacy organizations release guiding principles Open letter to state leaders provides guidance and asks for bold, visionary leadership in addressing the funding crisis DENVER—October 28, 2016—Fifteen organizations representing diverse and broad stakeholders signed an open letter to Governor Hickenlooper, Colorado legislators and state board of education members. Issued before the Governor introduces the 2017-18 budget next week, the letter calls attention to the funding crisis in Colorado where cuts to public education continue at the same time our state ...

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Great Ed honors Daniel L. Ritchie at 6th annual luncheon

The 6th Annual Great Education Colorado Luncheon was held September 28, 2016, honoring civic leader Daniel L. Ritchie with a special recognition of Colorado's teachers. This sold out event was a special day of recognition, optimism and progress toward creating a Colorado where all children graduate prepared to lead their best lives. What does a great education look like? Vicki A. Mattox Education Award Presenting Sponsor Head of the Class Sponsors Straight "A" Sponsors Honor Roll Sponsors Vicki A. Mattox Education Award Sponsors ...

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Design a state budget that reflects your values

Mission: Possible allows Coloradans to design their own state budget, share the results 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 ...

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Your Community, Your Future, Your Vote

Our schools, our roads, our sidewalks, our trails, our parks...they're all the result of people like you voting every election they can. However, the work isn't done yet. We still have a ways to go to make Colorado and our communities better for everyone. So, come this November—are you in? Visit our website page to learn more about how to update your registration or how to register to vote. We will keep you in the loop on all the latest voting news. No spam. Only information that makes it easier for you and your family to vote in November. Voting is an ...

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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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