11 results for tag: legislation


Voters Soundly Defeat 60, 61, 101

On November 2, 2010, Colorado voters soundly defeated Amendments 60, 61 & Proposition 101 by margins of more than two to one. Colorado said NO to slashing taxes and slashing public services; no to dismantling our schools, colleges and universities; no to destroying the safety net that protects Colorado's kids.  Colorado chose public education and long-term investments in our kids and economy, over short-term, short-sighted individual gain. As we look over the past three months, we're proud of the work we did along with so many other organizations to stop the Amendments 60, 61, and Prop 101, but we regret that so many had to fight so hard ...

Your One-Stop Shop to Defeat 60, 61, and 101

We have three easy ways for you to take action to protect Colorado’s kids from these three initiatives: Pledge to Vote NO, Volunteer an hour or two, or host a postcard writing party with your friends and neighbors!

2010 Colorado Ballot: Prop 101, Amendments 60 & 61

PRINT RESOURCES: 1. One-page information sheet En Español 2. Two-page information sheet 3. Sign-up Sheet ... Please return to Great Education Colorado 1600 Downing Street, Suite 100 Denver, CO 80218 4. Wallet Cards ... Can print using Avery #5390 cardstock (double-sided) or print on cardstock (double-sided) "Your wallet's not full without one!" En Español 5. Resolution that your community organization can adopt opposing 60, 61, and 101. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Great futures start with a great education, but great education will be impossible in Colorado, if ...

Sign the Open Letter to Colorado Voters

DECIDE may have been defeated this year, but the fight for better investment in our kids has just begun. Please add your name to Great Futures' open letter to voters: we won't let another year go by without giving voters a chance to improve resources for public education! As the House sponsor of HCR10-1002, the "DECIDE" referendum, I have some bad news and good news for public education supporters in Colorado. The bad news is that DECIDE won't be on the ballot in November.  Although a majority of representatives voted for DECIDE on final passage (35-30), we were unable to reach the two-thirds majority necessary to put DECIDE on the ...

Legislature Puts an End to DECIDE

In a 35-30 vote, the Colorado House of Representatives failed to reach the two-thirds majority vote and the Senate never brought it to the vote necessary to put DECIDE (HCR 1002) on the ballot in November 2010.  Great Education Colorado — a member of the Great Futures Colorado coalition, which proposed the referendum — issued the following statement: We are deeply disappointed that the voters will not have any opportunity on the November 2010 ballot to prevent and reverse deep and disastrous cuts to schools, colleges and universities.  It is unfortunate that the legislature did not trust the voters enough to let us DECIDE ...

Learn More About & Take Action on “Decide”

UPDATE: Read the news here On March 24, the Great Futures Colorado Campaign unveiled a proposed referred measure called DECIDE: "DECIDE: Education Cuts or Invest in our Democracy and Economy." Right now, the legislature has one primary tool left to balance the budget: slashing education funding.  The resulting cuts are doing lasting damage to our kids and our future.  That's why inaction is no longer an option. "DECIDE" would let Colorado voters give legislators the ability to balance our budget without dismantling our education system. Colorado is at a crossroads: Education Cuts OR Invest in our kids, our schools, ...

DECIDE Frequently Asked Questions

Left with no other options, the legislature is now considering a budget that will cut hundreds of millions of dollars from K-12 education – about $400-500 per pupil. Colorado already funds its schools $1,400 below the national average. Without action at the ballot, the 2011-12 budget will bring even deeper cuts to every public school in Colorado. Higher education is also in trouble. Colorado ranks 48th in the country in state funding for higher education. The higher education funding cliff threatens the sustainability, quality, and affordability of colleges and universities in Colorado. Is that what Colorado voters want? What is DECIDE? ...

2010 Great Futures Slide show

This slide show is too important to ignore, check it out to see how Colorado is doing compared to the rest of the US in per pupil funding, class size, and more View more presentations from Great Education Colorado.

Legal Victory for Colorado Kids

In a landmark ruling that provides legal recourse to children in severely underfunded schools, the Colorado Supreme Court today reinstated a lawsuit alleging that Colorado's school funding system does not meet constitutional standards. From the Denver Post: In an opinion that could have profound implications for the state budget, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled today that a group of plaintiffs has the right to challenge whether the state provides an adequate level of funding for schools.In a 4-3 decision, the state's high court overturned the ruling of two lower courts that said the question of how much funding for schools is one for lawmakers, ...

Great Education & Building Excellent Schools

On August 13, 2009, the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Program kicked off at the State Capitol and in Hooper, CO at Sangre de Cristo Elementary School after the financing was secured to start constructing four brand new state of the art buildings in the San Luis Valley, replacing schools built in the 1920s. BEST marks the most significant investment in Colorado school construction since statehood. In this clip, State Treasurer Cary Kennedy, who helped design and pass the BEST program, discusses Great Education Colorado's role in its creation.