News Release: Over 1,200 Public Ed Supporters Call on State Leaders to Support Proposition 103

NEWS RELEASE

October 20, 2011

1,200 Public Education Supporters Call on State Leaders to Support Proposition 103

Message to Legislators and Governor: “If you want to support families, then support public education.”

DENVER, Colo. – Reminding state leaders that “kids can’t afford [a] fourth year of short-sighted and irresponsible cuts to our schools, colleges and universities,” over 1200 Colorado citizens today called on all legislators and the governor to support Proposition 103.  That citizens’ initiative provides the only opportunity to prevent hundreds of millions in cuts to education in next year’s budget.

The letter, signed by individuals from more than 140 communities, was coordinated by Great Education Colorado Action, a statewide, nonpartisan, grassroots organization that advocates for improved and wise investment in Colorado’s education system, preschool through higher education.

With the submission of the letter, state leaders are being asked two questions:

First, will you support Proposition 103?

Second, regardless of your position on the initiative, will you pledge that, if Proposition 103 prevails, you will implement the statute as enacted by the voters and oppose any effort to overturn it?  We ask because Proposition 103’s very specific requirement that the new revenues be used for education could only be changed if the General Assembly (i.e., you and your colleagues) actively seek to reverse the will of the voters.

Responses to the inquiry will be posted on Great Education Colorado Action’s website: http://www.greatedaction.org.

You can view the letter and signatures here.

Dear Governor Hickenlooper and members of the General Assembly:

We are parents, grandparents, students, educators, concerned citizens and business people and we write today to encourage each of you to endorse Proposition 103, regardless of the position you have taken to date.

Our message is simple: if you want to support Colorado families during these tough economic times, then you must support public education.  If you want to rebuild our economy, then you must support public education.

This November, supporting public education means supporting Proposition 103.

Our kids can’t afford the fourth year of short-sighted and irresponsible cuts to our schools, colleges and universities that will result if Proposition 103 does not pass.  With each year of cuts, individual attention shrinks, educational opportunities dwindle, tuition and fees skyrocket, children fall through the cracks, and Colorado’s competitiveness declines.  These cuts are foreclosing on the future of our children, of our communities and of our economy.

Over the past three years, the poor economy made education cuts virtually inevitable.  But that changes with Proposition 103.  If it fails, next year’s cuts will be a matter of choice, not necessity.  Elected officials who oppose this very moderate measure will bear direct responsibility for those cuts.

For us, Proposition 103 is not political.  It is not partisan.  It is simply the right thing to do.   We hope you’ll join us in voting YES.

Sincerely,

Signatures

Communities represented:

Aguilar, Alamosa, Allenspark, Arvada, Aspen, Aspen Park, Aurora, Austin, Avon, Bailey, Basalt, Bayfield, Berthoud, Beulah, Black Hawk, Boone, Boulder, Breckenridge, Brighton, Broomfield, Buena Vista, Byers, Calhan, Canon City, Carbondale, Cascade, Castle Pines North, Castle Rock, Centennial, Center, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado City, Colorado Springs, Commerce City, Conifer, Cortez, Crawford, Crested Butte, Crestone, Dacono, Delta, Denver, Dolores, Durango, Eagle, Eaton, Eckert, Edgewater, Edwards, Elbert, Elizabeth, Englewood, Erie, Evergreen, Florence, Fort Collins, Fort Lupton, Fort Morgan, Fowler, Franktown, Fraser, Frederick, Frisco, Glenwood Springs, Golden, Granby, Grand Junction, Greeley, Greenwood Village, Gunnison, Gypsum, Henderson, Highlands Ranch, Holly, Hygiene, Indian Hills, Jamestown, Keenesburg, Kersey, Kiowa, Kirk, Kittredge, La Junta, La Veta, Lafayette, Lakewood, Larkspur, Littleton, Lone Tree, Longmont, Louisville, Loveland, Lyons, Manitou Springs, Manzanola, Mead, Milliken, Monte Vista, Montrose, Monument, Morrison, New Castle, Niwot, Northglenn, Nucla, Pagosa Springs, Palisade, Palmer Lake, Parker, Peyton, Pine, Pueblo, Pueblo West, Redstone, Ridgway, Rifle, Rocky Ford, Rush, Salida, Sheridan, Silverthorne, Steamboat Springs, Sterling, Strasburg, Superior, Tabernash, Telluride, Thornton, Trinidad, USAFA, Vail, Walsenburg, Wellington, Westcliffe, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Whitewater, Wiggins, Windsor, Winter Park, Woodland Park.


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