Great Futures Start with a Great Education Latino/a Advocacy Day March 14, 2010
Mission: Great Education Colorado is a statewide, nonpartisan, grassroots organization, focused on improving public education through wise, increased and equitable investment in our schools, colleges and universities.
“ This is the civil rights issue of our generation. The fight for a quality education is about so much more than education. It's a fight for social justice.” -- Arne Duncan
How is Colorado doing?
40 th in per pupil funding (42 nd adjusted for cost of living)
$1,397 below the national average in per pupil spending ($1,919 adjusted for cost of living)
38 th in pupil to teacher ratio
41 st in technology in our schools
42 nd /46 th in poverty achievement gap measures
48 th in per capita spending on higher education
*** Colorado: 48th Higher Ed Funding (per capita) How Low Can Higher Ed Go?
Why the gap?
Colorado law supports/requires:
Support for diverse learners
Closing the Achievement Gap
Full-day Kindergarten/Early Childhood Ed
Accessible Post-Secondary opportunities
Where Funding and Policy Meet
Support for Diverse Learners
At-Risk – 12% (<$1000) added to total district per-pupil funding for each at-risk student.
Special Education – High % of unreimbursed costs compared to other states.
English Language Learners – $293 per student (2008-09). Colorado: districts cover 95% of ELL costs.
Gifted and Talented – In 2007-08, state funded 18% of cost for all districts to educate GT students. Average $135 per identified child.
Dropout Prevention – “Office of Dropout Prevention and Student Reenagement” – $150,000 & $0
Counselor Corps eliminated
Parent Involvement Grant Program – $0
Closing the Achievement Gap Program – $1.8 million on the JBC chopping block
New Standards (CAP4K)
Early Childhood/Full-Day Kindergarten
Progress halted in adding CPP slots
Progress halted in reaching full-day K
Limits on progress – e.g. HB1035 (eligibility)
Accessible post-secondary opportunities
Limited financial aid
Career Technical Education
Proposed Cuts to P-12 Education in 2010-11 Statewide – 8.8% $508 million Over $600 per student Tough Decisions: Cut school days; close schools; increase class size; freeze wages/reduce benefits; teacher layoffs; eliminate/charge for transportation; eliminate art/music/ electives; cut instructional coach and literacy staff… Estimated 5000 jobs. 2011-12 – Deeper Cuts expected.
Higher Ed Funding Cliff 2011 End of federal stimulus dollars, no new revenues and loss of “maintenance of effort” add up to spending cliff.
When will it get better?
What Can We Do?
Lobby! Tell the story of what’s happening to schools and demand a long-term solution. Make the connection between good policy and resources.
Join with others to fight for improved investment in our kids, schools, colleges and universities.
Great Futures Colorado Campaign Coalition of community organizations that advocates for implementation of, and adequate funding for, an education system that will prepare all children for the challenges of the 21st century – as outlined in the “core principles.”
Campaign Members so far … Associated Students of Colorado Children’s Voices Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented Colorado Council of Churches Colorado PTA Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition Every Child Matters George Washington High School International Baccalaureate Board Great Education Colorado Impact on Education Justice and Peace Ministry Team – Rocky Mountain Conference United Church of Christ Kyffin Elementary PTA Lewis Palmer DAAC Padres Unidos Partnership for Families and Children Rural Caucus (Rural school board members) The Arc of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties Women Informed Network
The Great Futures Map & Petition greateducation.org/map
For More Information Lisa Weil Policy Director Great Education Colorado 303-722-5901 [email_address] www.greateducation.org