We’re stuck in reverse while the world is moving forward, but it is not intractable.
After years of having this conversation about how to hurt kids the least, we are cutting to the bone. As you know Great Ed collects stories about the impact of education cuts. This is what we hear: From a parent in Denver, “no invervention”From a Jeffco parent, “no art or music”From Briggsdale, “4 day school weeks”From Canon City, “Aging Technology”From Centennial, “skyrocketing tuition.”From Center, “ancient textbooks”From Parker, “Lower graduation requirements”And from almost every district, exploding class sizesColorado, we have a problem.
We are not going to “grow” ourselves out of this problem.
Let’s get back to our values, our vision, and the Constitution.
-Most comprehensive investigation of Colorado’s school finance system in state history.-What’s required of schools – New Standards (CAP4K) and Accountability System, Teacher Effectiveness, and the leading reform efforts that Colorado has put in place.
This decision was a wake-up call for all of us. Huge news for Colorado’s kids!!
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Great Futures Start with a Great EducationDenver Metro Community Resource Center / LEAD April 13, 2012
Great Ed’s Mission:To improve education in Colorado through wise and increased investment in Colorado’s publicschools, colleges, and universities.
A growing and diverse coalition of organizations that advocates for an education system – preschool throughhigher ed – that will prepare all students for the challenges of the 21st century.
Aren’t you sick of this 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.
This conversation doesn’treflect our values. Or our laws. Or our constitution. Colorado Constitution: Every child has the right to attend a “thorough and uniform system of free public schools.” Colorado Dept. of Education: “[A]ll students in Colorado will become educated and productive citizens capable of succeeding in a globally competitive workforce.”
When you walk away today,remember these three things:• Colorado, we’ve got a problem.• The problem can be fixed.• The fix starts with us.
After years of the tradeoff conversation, we’re cutting to the bone
The stats behind the stories• 48th in higher ed spending per capita• CO Preschool Prog. serves less than half eligible kids• 43rd in per pupil spending (adj. for regional cost differences) -- $2,500 per pupil below the nat’l avg.• 40th in median student-teacher ratio (Elem Level)• 41st in technology in our schools• 49th in 4th Grade “Poverty Gap” for Reading• Last in country for resources for special education• 45th in state and local taxes [Ed Week, 2012 Quality Counts]
Not Just the Economy 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
Recent History: PreK-12 Education Cuts2012-13 Proposal: $6,474 per pupil average
2012 – 2013 Proposal Statewide: 9,000 more kids Same per student average funding totalNegative Factor increases from 12.94% in 2011-12 to 16.1% for 2012-13 • More cuts
2012 – 2013 Proposal Denver -$4 per student _____________________1,430 more kids (48 classrooms)
Higher Ed Cuts• Proposed 2012-13: $30 million from higher ed• 142% fee increase, 76% tuition increases from 2006-2010.• CO cut higher % of higher ed funding than any other state between 2002-2010 State Audit; National Science Board Study
Why do the stats matter?Research: Well-targeted resources make adifference for students • Top 4 achieving states are in the top 10 for funding • Studies show effectiveness of: • Preschool and Full-Day Kindergarten • Small class sizes, esp. early on & for low-income kids • Extended learning (more/longer days, summer school, before- and after school) • Well-integrated Technology • Professional Development & Teacher Pay • Summer School/Extended Learning • Counselors
Resources: A NecessaryCondition to Meet State Vision Colorado Constitution:Every child has the right to a “thorough and uniform system of free public schools.” Colorado Dept. of Education: “[A]ll students in Colorado will becomeeducated and productive citizens capable of succeeding in a globally competitive workforce.”
The Courts Say So.• The Lobato Trial • Filed in 2005, five week trial in August • Plaintiffs: 21 parents and school districts statewide • Plaintiffs argued that current school finance system does not provide for an education system that is either “thorough or uniform.”
The Lobato Decision.• The standard established by the Supreme Court: Is there a rational relationship between what’s required of schools (i.e., standards and reforms) and how schools are funded?• Lobato court’s finding: No.• Current funding system is not just “unconstitutional” but “unconscionable.”
Lobato: What’s Required of Schools?• Universal proficiency on state tests.• Based on new P-20 standards as of last year.• New Accountability system (2009).• New Educator Effectiveness process (2010).• New Literacy Procedures/Requirements?
Lobato in one frame:Not just a bad idea. It’s Unconstitutional.
It’s a fixable problem• Don’t accept the defeatist message that “There’s nothing we can do.”• Let’s be clear: The legislature has options.
Where there’s a will there’s a way.But right now the urgency and the will is missing.That’s where we come in …
We have to create the will to fix it. “2013: The Year of the Student” • Demand action in 2013 • Build the backbone for action • Grow the network
Right Now:• Hold state leaders accountable • Online actions this session• Come to the Great Futures Coalition Education Action Conference • Save the Date: April 27 8:00• Schedule a presentation at your school or community group to help increase awareness and grow the movement
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