State lawmakers got an earful from Cherry Creek Schools parents during the annual Cherry Creek Schools Day at the Capitol, held March 16, and sponsored by the Cherry Creek Community Legislative Network. The parents, passionate about quality education for their children and concerned about several key issues, including high stakes testing and adequate funding for public schools, asked legislators to really listen to parents and educators, and act accordingly.
Sen. Michael Johnston, Senate sponsor of House Bill 14-1292, the controversial “Student Success Act,” was challenged by parents who are worried that some items in the bill create more bureaucracy but won’t benefit students.
Day at the Capitol participants also met with Sen. Nancy Todd, Sen. David Balmer, Rep. Spencer Swalm, Rep. Daniel Kagan and Rep. John Buckner.
Both Todd and Balmer indicated that they will not support the bill in its current form with the earmarks, saying that locally elected school boards should decide how to spend funds to benefit students in their home districts.
Dr. Harry Bull, superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools, reiterated the position taken by superintendents across the state, that so called “negative factor” funding be restored without mandates. Jim O’Brien, president of the CCSD Board of Education, said it is an “inconvenient truth” for legislators that the Colorado Constitution gives control of local school districts to locally elected boards of education.
CCCLN is a non-partisan committee promoting awareness of education issues, legislation and the legislative process. In addition to the Day at the Capitol, the group hosts a Breakfast with Legislators in the fall, a Legislative Overview at the beginning of the session, and a Legislative Wrap-up at the end of the session. That event will be held from 8 to 10:30 am on Thurs., May 15 at West Middle School, 5151 S. Holly Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80121.
Click here to read the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education’s resolution on funding for the 2014-2015 school year.
Posted March 24, 2014.