You don’t want to miss this week’s legislative recap…

This week was such an important week at the legislature. While a lot of attention was focused on the DPS teacher strike, bills continued to move through the legislature. We'll get you up to speed with this week's legislative update! DPS Teacher Strike Early Thursday morning, a deal was reached between DPS and DCTA which included an increase in base salary on a clear and transparent 20-step salary schedule, full cost of living increases in years two and three of the agreement. While this settlement is great news, we shouldn't lose track of the fact that underfunding of ...

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The DPS Strike is Settled, but the Underlying Causes of Chronic Undercompensation Remain

“All Colorado teachers are underpaid because Colorado's constitutional tax code is starving our schools. We need fully, adequately and equitably funded public education.”  — Lisa Weil, Executive Director, Great Education Colorado. The DPS community, Coloradoans, and policymakers are figuring out what the DPS strike and settlement mean to students and teachers. But in the meantime, students and teachers across the state are still operating without appropriate funding. The historic and woeful underfunding of our schools is something that needs to change for a ...

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What’s happening at the Capitol this week?

It's been a whirlwind of a week at the legislature! Starting the week off with a bang, the JBC took public comment on the state budget for the first time ever. The middle of the week remained interesting as Governor Polis made the decision to allow the Denver teachers' strike to begin on Monday, February 11. Keep reading to learn more! Joint Budget Committee The Joint Budget Committee (JBC)  listened to over three hours of public testimony on Monday afternoon and the message was loud and clear — education is one of the most important issues to voters in Colorado ...

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What’s happening at the Capitol this week?

Reporting to you from week four (!) at the Capitol.  There's no shortage of conversations about possible legislation that could have a large impact on school funding (e.g., full-day Kindergarten, fiscal reform, the School Finance Act, and mill levy equalization to name a few), but those haven't yet been introduced.  In the meantime, action is picking up in the Education Committees. What's important for you to know about this week at the Capitol?Governor Polis made the case for funding full-day kindergarten to the Joint Education Committee on Wednesday morning, ...

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This week at the Capitol: full-day Kindergarten, legislative meet-ups and more!

The biggest news from the Capitol for Great Ed, is our official support of Governor Polis's push to fund full-day Kindergarten by Fall 2019. We are excited to announce we will be joining the Governor's coalition in support of full-day K and working to make sure our kids get the education they need from day one. The Governor's proposal is an important first step toward reversing decades of chronic underfunding in our public schools, but we must continue advocating for the necessary funding to ensure that all Colorado children — regardless of where they live or how they ...

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This week at the Capitol…Governor’s revised budget, Education Committees and more!

This week was another big week at the Capitol: Governor Polis made public his revised budget recommendations, the Education Leadership Council presented its findings, and both Senate and House Education Committees are in full swing. The Governor's Revised Budget Proposal The Governor presented his proposed budget revisions to the Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday afternoon, including:A request for $252.7 million to fund and implement full-day Kindergarten; this would also open up about 5,000 preschool slots across the state and would not be mandated — preschool ...

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Great Ed in the News in 2018

The following media articles included a Great Ed mention in 2018:Voters approve additional public education funding in several states (Think Progress, November 7, 2018)Colorado Amendment 73, Tax Increase For Public Education, Has Failed (Colorado Public Radio, November 6, 2018)Amendment 73: Voters to decide on education funding (KKTV 11 News, November 5, 2018)The Case For Amendment 73, Colorado School Funding Measure (Westword, October 16, 2018)Education proponents take swing at tax increase for school funding (Aspen Times, October 15, 2018)Advocates See ...

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Most Popular Great Ed Facebook Posts in 2018

 Most Popular Great Ed Facebook Posts in 2018: #10 So excited to share this news from Great Schools, Thriving Communities!!! Read about their history making signature gathering efforts here. (Read post)#9 95% of teachers in rural districts don’t make enough salary to meet the cost of living. #YesOnAmendment73 can finally give teachers raises at a time when teacher pay in Colorado is among the worst in the country. Learn more about Amendment 73. (Read post)#8 “A sea of red shirts, waving signs and banners spread out around the state Capitol on ...

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We won’t stop fighting this fight until Colorado does right by all its students

The story tonight is that a record number of Colorado voters recognize the need to invest in our students, our teachers, our schools and our communities.  That is historic and we thank the voters for this powerful statement.Together, we have changed the conversation and made clear the urgency that exists in solving the school funding crisis in Colorado. We’ve mobilized at the grassroots level, we will continue to make our voices heard, and we expect our public officials to listen and to come together on solutions.We are tremendously proud of the two-year, ...

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Worth Noting: Colorado Ranks #2 in Educational ROI and Money Matters

It is worth noting that Colorado is recognized as a national leader in educational return on investment. In fact, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce rated Colorado second in the nation for educational ROI in 2014. Of course, efficiency is not the same as sufficiency. That is, the dollars Colorado spends may be used particularly well, but at more than $2,500 below the national average in per pupil funding, those efficiently spent dollars are not enough to ensure that all students graduate ready for career and/or college. The same U.S. Chamber of Commerce study ranks Colorado 6th ...

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