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CCSD superintendent joins with superintendents from around the state to urge lawmakers to fund schools

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Last week more than 100 Colorado school district superintendents stood together to remind lawmakers of their support for Gov. Hickenlooper's proposal for an additional $200 million in funding for public schools.

The superintendents also are asking for an additional $70 million. Of that sum, $50 million would be distributed to districts for children living in poverty and $20 million would go to "small rural" school districts as defined by the Rural Education Council.

"During the last session, parents' voices were critical in convincing lawmakers to begin to pay back a small part of the more than $1 billion withheld from schools despite the voter-approved constitutional Amendment 23," Cherry Creek Superintendent Harry Bull said.

Last year, after state superintendents and parents joined together, legislators agreed to pay down $110 million of the more than $1 billion in funds withheld during the recession. But in the current year's budget, the Cherry Creek School District remains short by more than $54.6 million of funds constitutionally mandated by the voter-approved Amendment 23. 

"Because of the community's willingness to support our bond and budget elections in past years, we have been able to protect class size, retain effective classroom teachers, and keep programs, activities and athletics to provide a quality education to our children." Bull said.

"But each year brings a new challenge to secure sufficient funding to just maintain our current level of services and manage new mandates for technology and accountability," he said. "We need legislators to support us in securing the resources needed to provide the opportunity to ensure that all children in Colorado have the opportunity to become successful in post-secondary education and work."

As legislators get closer to considering funding for the 2015-2016 school year, the superintendents want to remind them of the letter to Joint Budget Committee signed by 174 of the states 178 superintendents sent in November.

In the letter, the superintendents also called for a long-term solution to the perennial issue of school finance. In their statement the superintendents said:

"While we hold that the short-term steps outlined above will provide some necessary relief for distressed Colorado schools, the more chronic problem of a structurally flawed system of financing Colorado schools still exists," superintendents wrote.


 

"During the last session, parents' voices were critical in convincing lawmakers to begin to pay back a small part of the more than $1 billion withheld from schools despite the voter-approved constitutional Amendment 23." ~ Dr. Harry Bull 

 

 

 Call to Action

Parents and others can participate in the conversation by contacting their legislators. Things they can do include:

  • Call OR Send an email to your representatives. Legislator contact information can be found here.
  • Mail a letter to your legislator: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax, Denver CO 80203
  • Attend a town hall, coffee, or community event with your elected official(s).
  • Schedule a time to meet with your legislator in your community.
  • Invite education supporters from your community to join you in engaging with your elected officials.
  • Tell them you consider the budget a moral document; that you expect education to receive its fair share – which is more than just keeping up with inflation. Now that the state budget is recovering, our kids should recover commensurate with the budget.
  • Explain how years of budget cuts to school districts have impacted your kids and/or your school. Be sure to tell them the name of your child's school.
  • Let them know that you'll check in periodically to see how things are progressing.
  • Ask if there's anything you can do to help.
  • Always be civil. Thank them for serving the students of Colorado and for representing your interests.

          Source: Great Education Colorado

Posted 2/9/2015 1:42 PM

 Legislator Town Halls

  • First Saturdays , 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. - with Sen. Todd, Sen. Carroll, Rep. Ryden and Rep. Buckner
    Smoky Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Circle, Centennial, CO 80015
  • First Mondays,  7-8 a.m. – with Rep. Ryden and Rep. Fields
    Mimi’s Restaurant, 205 S. Abilene St.,  Aurora, CO 80012
  • Second Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m. - with Rep. May and Rep. Fields
    Children’s Hospital, Mt. Columbia Room, 13123 E. 6th Ave.,  Aurora, CO 80045
  • Third Wednesday,  6:30 – 8 p.m. – with Sen. Todd, Sen. Newel and Rep. Melton
    Heather Gardens Clubhouse, 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way, Aurora, CO 80014
  • Third Thursdays, 7 - 8:30 p.m., with Sen. Carroll, Rep. Ryden, Rep. Fields, Rep. Buckner and Rep. Melton
    Community College of Aurora Rotunda
    16000 Centertech Pkwy
    Aurora, CO 80011
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