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  • Great Futures Start with a Great Education Great Ed Douglas County
  • Three Reasons to Care about Amendments 60, 61 and Prop 101:
    • Education - Our children won’t get a 21st century education if we continue to disinvest
    • Jobs - 73,000 jobs will be lost if these three measures pass . Companies won’t come to Colorado, creating new jobs and strengthening our economy and our kids’ futures.
    • Public safety, health, and transportation – These services that support our communities will be at risk.
      • More at www.lookingforwardcolorado.com
  • Great Futures Start with a Great Education . . . Is Colorado Making the Necessary Investments in our Future?
  • How is Colorado doing?
    • 42nd in K-12 education per pupil funding (adjusted for cost of living)
    • 40th in elem. level pupil to teacher ratio
    • 41st in technology in our schools
    • 48th in per capita spending on higher ed
    • 46th in combined state and local taxes
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  • In other states …
  • Cuts to Public Schools
    • Statewide
    • 6.12 percent or $354 million (so far)
    • Over $400-500 per student
    • Result: Increased class size; school days, summer school cut; schools closed; furloughs & layoffs; transportation, activity & technology fees; art/ music/electives, mentoring & literacy staff cut.
    • Douglas County School District
    • 440 DCSD Jobs Eliminated from 09/10 to 10/11
    • -160 were classroom teachers
    • Fees for buses, technology and sports
    • Preparing for another 6 percent cut in 2011-12
  • How Low Can Higher Ed Go? ** Colorado: 48th Higher Ed Funding (per capita)
  • Cuts to Higher Education
    • Higher Ed
    • 2010-11: Funding propped up by federal stimulus dollars.
    • 2011-12: cuts of as much as $300 million in state aid anticipated when stimulus ends.
    • Result: Annual 9% increases in tuition, making higher ed less accessible; larger classes, shrinking course availability, potentially closed departments, campuses.
    • Deeper cuts expected for the current year and the 2011-12 year. . .
  • When will it get better?
    • When will full day Kindergarten be free and Preschool more accessible?
    • When will our class sizes approach other states’?
    • When will tuition stop increasing?
    • When will technology be on par with the national average?
    • When will we be able to restore art, music, PE, and Career Tech. classes?
  • Never . Until we act.
  • In fact, it could get even worse.
  • AT A CROSSROADS Current Trajectory If A60, A61, or P101 pass Long Term Goal 2011-12 2010-11 2012-13 Investment ($)
  • Spending per student declining in Douglas County More budget cuts are expected next year even if 60, 61, and 101 fail.
  • Douglas County schools would be devastated by 60, 61, and 101 If 60, 61, and 101 pass spending per student plummets
  • Proposition 101
    • Reduces Government Revenues
    • Reduces car registration, license fees, income tax rate, phone bill taxes. Result:  $2+ billion/year (large proportion goes to schools)
    • Bottom line : Slashes revenues at state/local levels on the heels of $3+ billion in state cuts alone. Education cuts inevitable, resulting in larger class sizes, narrowing curriculum, higher tuition, higher fees.
    • DCSD estimates losing $16M over 5-yr period in Specific Ownership Tax when fully implemented
  • Amendment 60
    • Limits Property Taxes & Voids TABOR Elections
    • Cuts local property taxes for schools in half without means for state to replace those lost local revenues.
    • Overrides past local “de-Brucing” elections.
    • Allows citizens to put mill levy reductions on ballot by petition.
    • Applies property tax to many colleges and universities.
    • Bottom line : Reverses voters’ will in previous elections resulting in increased class size, decreased opportunities, higher tuition, closed institutions.
    • DCSD estimates losing $80M over 10-year period under this measure
  • Amendment 61
    • Limits Government Borrowing
    • Prohibits state from any use of debt to finance important projects over time. Colorado would be only state in the country with this restriction.
    • Would end the “Build Excellent Schools Today” program
    • Could result in March – November school year in some districts.
    • DCSD would not be able to borrow until 2014, even if voters wanted to provide space to reduce class size.
    Bottom line : An end to state assistance for school construction, more expensive local school construction. District Impact: DCSD depends on interest-free loans. If passed, DCSD would lose $5.6M/yr, or $56M over 10-yr period, more than 70 teachers B.E.S.T.
  • Prop 101, Amendment 60 & 61 Impact
    • Statewide:
    • At least $2.7 billion loss of local and state revenue for important community services.
    • Loss of thousands of jobs in public and private sector, including 8,000 educators
    Source: Looking Forward Colorado, www.lookingforwardcolorado.com
  • Prop 101, Amendment 60 & 61 Impact
    • Douglas County School District:
    • If Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 pass, would reduce DCSD funding contribution by 40%, or $99M ($1,790/student) when fully implemented.
    • District will not be able to borrow until 2014
  • Prop 101, Amendment 60 & 61 Impact
    • Douglas County Total Impact:
    • One-third reduction in annual revenue
    • 47% cut to Developmental Disabilities Fund
    • 47% cut to Road and Bridge Fund
    • 23% cut to Law Enforcement Authority Fund
    • 52% cut to Library funding
  • Great Futures Start with a Great Education, but . . .
    • Colorado’s funding for preschool, K-12 and higher ed is already too low and being cut further.
    • A60, A61 and P101 – would devastate our education system and make it impossible for our economy to recover or compete.
      • A60 – Guts local support for schools
      • A61 – Makes construction and health & safety repairs virtually impossible
      • Prop 101 – Cuts $2+ billion out of district, local and state budgets that are already unable to meet the needs of their citizens.
    … even mediocre education will be impossible if 60, 61 or 101 pass.
  • What Can We Do?
    • Get Informed -- and inform others
      • Schedule a speaker for your PTO, HOA, etc.
      • Learn the elevator speech (use a wallet card!)
    • Join our facebook: Great Education Colorado, Douglas County
    • Volunteer!
      • Host or Attend a Postcard-writing Party
    • Pass a resolution against 60, 61, 101
    • Thank school board members for unanimous passage of resolution opposing 60, 61, and 101
  • For More Information: Contact Great Education Colorado and the Great Futures Colorado Coalition Sue Catterall, Douglas County [email_address] Casey Shea [email_address] 303-722-5901 www.greateducation.org douglas.greateducation.org