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Great Futures Start with a Great Education Lewis Palmer School District December 2009
We’ve asked, and this is what we heard consistently
GOALS: Prepare for lifelong learners (Creative Thinking, Technological Literacy
STRATEGIES: High Quality Teachers, smaller class size
Great Education Colorado Mission: Great Education Colorado is a statewide, nonpartisan, grassroots organization that is focused on improving education in Colorado through wise, increased investment in our schools, colleges and universities.
40 th in per pupil funding (adjusted for cost of living)
$1,397 below the national average in per pupil spending (Lewis Palmer: $7.86 Million)
42 nd /46 th in achievement gap measures
42 nd in pupil to teacher ratio
40 th in technology in our schools
$0 spent by state for professional development
49 th in per capita spending on higher education
PERA Health Care Salaries Prof. Dev’t Maintenance Buildings Insurance Heating Transportation Achievement Gap CSAP improvement 21 st C. curriculum New Standards Career Tech Ed. Diverse Learners: ELL Special Ed At-Risk Gifted & Talented District Budget = Local + State + Federal $$ Concurrent Demands on a Limited Budget = TRIAGE
Gallagher Amendment (1982) Ratio of 45:55 - residential to commercial - ratchets down assessment rate. Property Tax = (assessment rate) x (home value) x (mill rate) “ Assessment rate” = % of home value taxed 1 “Mill” = $1 per $1000 of assessed value