According to the annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, Americans see a lack of financial support as the biggest problem facing their community schools. 43% of parents and 35% of Americans in general say money is the biggest issue. A decade ago in 2002, just 17% of poll respondents cited a lack of funds for schools as a problem. (Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll)
Over the last 30 years, Colorado’s support for the Career Technical Act (formerly the Colorado Vocational Act of 1970) has dropped even as the cost of providing those programs have increased dramatically. In 1971-72, the state provided just over 58 percent of the actual cost of CTE programs provided in Colorado. In 2009-10, the state provided only 23 percent of the actual cost of CTE programs. (Colorado Career & Technical Education)
Growth in academic performance for gifted kids is flat compared to other groups. (Lobato opinion, Page 90)
Average state funding per student identified as “gifted and talented” fell from $157 in 2005 to $132 in 2011. That state funding level would provide one educator for every 3-400 GT students. (Colorado School Finance Project)
Percent of Colorado schools that have a majority of low-income kids has grown from 7% to 25% in less than 20 years. (Lobato opinion, Page 104).
Eighth-grader Hayley Stromberg starts the Douglas county Kids Campaign 2012 to make people more aware of voting for school funding measures. (KWGN)