It’s August – back to school is around the corner! When we wrote to you in May “In Support of Education” we talked about pending state level education cuts for the upcoming school year. They have become a reality. The damage – $288 million in K-12 state funding cuts across Colorado, more than we expected. Our St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD) will receive $11 million less from the State than what was expected for 2010-2011.
Fortunately, SVVSD anticipated these state funding cuts and prepared for them by gathering input from stakeholders in our community which revealed three clear priorities: maintain employees, class sizes, and the integrity of instructional programming and technology. Our district has been able to sustain these priorities for the upcoming school year – but the state financial picture is not strong. Already many school districts in Colorado are reporting layoffs, increasing class sizes, cutting programs, closing buildings, and moving to 4-day school weeks (see story here). And there are more current year cuts to come as Federal stimulus dollars finish and the economy recovers slower than expected.
To make a bad situation worse, three November 2010 ballot initiatives – proposition 101 and amendments 60 and 61 – will be detrimental to education funding in the state of Colorado. These three initiatives, if approved by voters, will have significant impacts on state, local and district finances. It is imperative that you understand these initiatives and their impact not only on SVVSD, but on the state of Colorado. We will be sending you information on each of these initiatives separately so that you have a chance to digest them. Please feel free to forward any of these emails on to your family and friends. We must educate ourselves and those around us.
THE STATE BUDGET DIRECTLY IMPACTS OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS!!