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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...

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...

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?...

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...

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....

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....

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,...

Negative Factor

The larger red column shows how far below inflation and enrollment growth each Colorado school district is currently being funded. The last column shows how much each district would receive if the legislature were to restore $200 million of the $1 billion that is cut annually as a result of...

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...

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...

Who’s going back to school?

A number of legislators responded to your requests to go back to school by taking a school tour, where they can see successes and challenges in Colorado classrooms and learn from parents, teachers, students, and administrators about the impact that state policies are having on Colorado's schools and students. See...

Great Education Colorado celebrates Bob Deibel and Colorado’s superintendents at 2015 Luncheon

At the 5th Annual Great Education Colorado Luncheon on October 1, 2015, Great Ed honored Bob Deibel, president of OfficeScapes, and presented Colorado's superintendents with the Vicki A. Mattox Award for Excellence in Education. Scroll down to see the first video from the Colorado School Experience, which features Deibel and...

Statement of Great Education Colorado on the Supreme Court Decision in Dwyer v. Colorado

Supreme Court Allows the State to Renege on the Promise Voters Made to Students by Passing Amendment 23 Today’s disappointing decision is, unfortunately, just another in a long line of setbacks for the children of Colorado. Despite the voters' best efforts to take students off the tracks of Colorado’s inevitable...

Lights. Camera. Action.

We’ve never done this before. Want in? We believe that every student deserves a fair shot at success. We're also certain that if Coloradans knew that poor school funding is getting in our kids’ way, they'd care and they’d take action. So how can we make sure they know? We need...

There’s no free lunch . . . or summer school

Have you noticed the “Something for Nothing” Syndrome when it comes to public education in Colorado? It’s where opinion leaders and policy makers decide something good should happen, but commit nothing to making it possible. Under the Syndrome, Colorado keeps adding to a list of important, beneficial outcomes — like...

A Mom’s Take on the 2015 Legislative Session

Here's a Mother's Day observation: Advocating at the Capitol is a lot like parenting. It takes patience, persistence and consistency. You have to be clear in your expectations and you aren't always certain that you're actually being heard — though in the long-run you often find that you got the...

Whom will Great Ed honor this year?

Great Education Colorado will honor the very deserving Bob Deibel, education advocate and president of OfficeScapes, at its annual luncheon in 2015. 5th Annual Great Education Colorado Luncheon Honoring Bob Deibel Thursday, October 1 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street Having built a thriving office interiors company,...

These dollars are for schools.

[**UPDATE: May 1, 2015.  The Senate has given final approval to SB15-267, the School Finance Act, with an amendment (Section 5) stating the legislature's intent that increased property tax revenue will be used for schools, rather than to help fund other parts of the budget.  Our thanks to the hundreds who wrote to...

Keep the TABOR Surplus for Kids Petition: Special Delivery

We just delivered more than 3,100 of your petition signatures and 600 stories to the governor and legislators at the Capitol. Our message to state leaders: Do whatever it takes to use Colorado's growing state revenues to pay back the debt we owe our kids after six years of cuts. In short, we are asking the...

Is there “Common Ground on Common Core”?

Recently you've heard a lot from us about school funding and the state budget.  Today, I wanted to let you know about three other Great Ed efforts — all geared toward making sure that every student graduates ready for the world. There's no denying that the debate about standards and testing in...