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  • Today, you can pledge to a great future for our students. The pledge states: that we believe that education is the cornerstone of our society; Colorado is not supporting our education system in a wise or his is a statewide problem; That we have no time to lose; sign the pledge.

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  • 1. Great Futures Start with a Great Education Lewis Palmer School District December 2009
  • 2.
    • What do we want for our kids?
    • {Optional: Discussion Element}
    • 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.
  • 3.
    • What do we want for our kids?
    • {Optional: Discussion Element}
    • 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
    OVERVIEW
    • What do we want for our kids?
    • Are they receiving that?
    • Why the gap between what we want and what they get?
    • What can we do?
  • 4. What do we want for our kids?
  • 5.
    • Individual attention/smaller class sizes
    • Inspired, inspiring, quality teaching
    • Updated classroom technology (& textbooks)
    • Well-rounded curriculum
    • Pre-School and Full Day Kindergarten
    What we hear:
  • 6. How is Colorado doing?
    • 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
  • 7. 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
  • 8. Meeting Kids Where They Are
    • Special Education – High % of unreimbursed costs compared to other states [Lewis Palmer District paid 66% of total costs in 2007-08]
    • English Language Learners – State gives $293 per student (2008-09) [Lewis Palmer District covered 98% ELL costs (2007-08)]
    • Gifted and Talented – State funded 18% of cost for all districts to educate GT students (2007-08) [State gives $11 per GT kid]
    • At-Risk – State adds 12% for each at-risk student
  • 9. 2007-08 Cost of Categorical Program Gap to All Districts $816,563,911
  • 10. 2007-08 Cost of Gap to Lewis Palmer $5,466,609
  • 11. Why the gap?
  • 12. 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
  • 13.
    • What do we want for our kids?
    • {Optional: Discussion Element}
    • 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
    TABOR (1992)
    • Prohibits tax increases without a vote of the people.
    • Places strict limits on how much revenue the state can keep and spend. 
    • Revenue collected in excess of TABOR limits must be refunded, unless voters “de-Bruce” (i.e. allow government to keep excess).
  • 14. Amendment 23 (2000)
    • Increase per pupil funding by “inflation + 1%” until 2011.
    • Increase “factors” by “inflation + 1%.”
    • Inflation measure - Consumer Price Index - doesn’t reflect real costs.
    • A. 23 has become a ceiling rather than floor.
  • 15. “ But K-12 Funding is Taking More and More of the Budget!”
    • Schools were funded 60% local, 40% state. Now the reverse.
    • Gallagher + TABOR + School Finance Act = huge reduction in property tax ($3.1 billion annual average)
    • State share of K-12 funding: $3.15 billion
  • 16. Higher Education Investment Trend
    • Families shoulder greater cost burden than state over time
  • 17. THE CLIFF: 2011
    • Referendum C, Federal Stimulus Funds, and Amendment 23 expire
    • Estimated Impact on already thirsty base – K-12 and higher education
    • Update: Amendment 23 being reinterpreted – Cliff happening now
  • 18.
    • 2010-11 Budget Cuts
    • Proposed Statewide Cuts:
      • 6.12% cut below current law
      • =$354 million below current law
      • State Average $440 per pupil cut
    • Lewis Palmer School District:
      • =$2.3 million CUT
      • District Average $420 per pupil cut
  • 19.
    • What Can We Do?
    • Tell this story of the causes and impact of school finance crisis
    • Work together to promote a long-term solution
    • Great Education Colorado provides easy tools to do this
    • **ATTEND JANUARY 7 GREAT ED VOLUNTEER INFORMATION MEETING**
  • 20. Today We Can….
  • 21. Tell the Story …
  • 22. Contact Information Liane Morrison Executive Director Great Education Colorado 303-722-5901 [email_address]