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  • Great Futures for …Our kids, Our economy, Our communities
  • Show of hands:How many have seen class sizes grow beyond 20 kids per class. How about 25? 30? 35?How many of you are paying higher fees? For books, transportation, athletics, activities, technology?How many of your schools have reduced art, music, gym, foreign languages and narrowed or cut out electives?How many of your districts have cut down the school year somehow? Furlough days, four-day weeks>Who here thinks that our kids don’t have enough access to hands-on learning?These are the stories we’ve collected from every school district in the state.How many of you are raising more and more for your schools?
  • We are not going to “grow” ourselves out of this problem.
  • We’re excited to announce an upcoming 6 month Project to make “2013 the Year of the Student”With PTA, Great Futures, and other partnersWill kick-off in mid-April and go through late 2012.We’re building the backbone for action – petition, fact cards, candidate pledges and questionnairesTools: Strategy to attend town halls, candidate forums, city council meetings, to ask the question “What’s your plan to make sure that 2013 is the year of the student? That we make substantive changes to the education of our kids.” Use social media to tell answers. Gather tens of thousands of signatures.Stay tuned for details at this year’s Great Futures Education Action Conference


  • 1. Great Futures Start with a Great Education Colorado PTA Convention April 21, 2012
  • 2. Great Ed’s Mission:To improve education in Coloradoby making sure Colorado’s publicschools, colleges, and universities have the resources they need toensure the success of all students.
  • 3. Great Futures CoalitionA growing and diverse coalition of organizations that advocates for an education system -- preschool through higher ed -- that will prepare all students for the challenges of the 21st century.
  • 4. Great Futures Coalition
  • 5. When you walk away today,remember these three things:• Colorado, we’ve got a problem.• It’s a problem that can be fixed.• It’ll be fixed when we demand that it be fixed.
  • 6. Do we have a problem? SHOW OF HANDS
  • 7. We Know What Works:• Preschool and Full-Day Kindergarten • But we’ve dropped from 23rd to 36th in ECE• Small class sizes, esp. K-3 and at-risk • But we’re 40th in student teacher ratios• Expanded learning (more/longer days, summer school, before- and after- school) • But we’re shortening the school year • Highest % of 4-day week districts in US
  • 8. We Know What Works:• Well-integrated Technology • But we rank 41st in technology in schools• Professional Dev’t & Teacher Pay • But CO provides $0 for Prof. Devt • We rank 44th in teacher salaries as % of salaries in comparable professions• Differentiation • But we rank 51st in special ed • Only $132 ave. per GT child (400 per teacher)• Accessible, quality higher ed • But we rank 51st in per capital spending on HE
  • 9. The big picture: -$1,809 below nat’l per pupil average K-12 Per-Pupil Funding: Colorado vs. National Average Source: National Center for Education StatisticsDifference between CO and National Average $500 Amendment 23 $187 Passed $161 $202 $132 $0 -$80 -$57 -$299 -$500 -$481 Gallagher Amendment -$660 -$585 Passed TABOR -$875-$1,000 -$793 Passed -$1,145 -$1,397-$1,500-$2,000 -$1,809 70 72 74 76 78 80 82 84 86 88 90 92 94 96 98 00 02 04 06 08 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 20
  • 10. That’s how we got to the “Colorado Conversation”• We’re talking about how to hurt kids the least, rather than how to help them the most.• Pits kids against kids – preschool against K-12 against higher ed, GT against special education.• And it’s getting worse . . .
  • 11. This year’s per pupil less than 2007-08 . . .WITHOUT Adjusting for Inflation.
  • 12. And what about next year?• Legislature is touting “flat funding” of education• Per pupil funding will remain the same So, no more cuts?
  • 13. $7,712 2012-13: “Flat-Funding” Amdt 23/inflation$7,000 Actual ave. per pupil Time to Celebrate?$6,500 $6,474 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Note: This graph is conceptual, and not “to-scale”
  • 14. No time for a victory lap. There will be cuts.
  • 15. Colorado, we have a problem. WHO CARES?
  • 16. Who Cares?• We do.• Parents.• Grandparents.• Students.• Educators.• Businesspeople.• Concerned Citizens.• Community Leaders.
  • 17. That’s severalhundred thousand Coloradoans. . .who haven’t had a way to take action together.
  • 18. What aboutstate leaders? Do they care?
  • 19. Next Question:Who can fix it?
  • 20. Who can fix it?• State leaders. • Even though they say they can’t. • Lobato court says they must. • They’ve got options. • But they won’t fix it, until there’s demand & support.
  • 21. Last Question:Who will demand action?
  • 22. Who Will Demand that State Leaders Act?• We will. • All those Parents, Grandparents, Students, Educators, Businesspeople & Civic Leaders• We will empower, encourage, and enable action.
  • 23. We can create the will to fix it.“2013: The Year of the Student” • Collectively demand action in 2013 • Strengthen the resolve of leaders who care • Build the army to ensure action
  • 24. Right Now:You are on the ground floor. • Help us pilot the 2013: Year of the Student Call to Action • Join us: Great Futures Colorado Statewide Education Organizing Conference Friday, April 27 8:00 – 2:00
  • 25. The Call to Action Gather 10+ Find one signatures. organization that will endorse YOS. Recruit 3 people to Schedule agather 10+ speaker atsignatures. your PTA meeting
  • 26. We Can Do This. If not us, who?If not now, when?
  • 27. Contact Us Lisa Weil lisa@greateducation.orgJohn Giardino 303.722.5901