Voter’s to determine the future of schools in Colorado……
The citizens initiative known as Initiative 22, to increase investments in education, will likely appear on the ballot this November. Over the past several months grassroots efforts to gather the required 86,105 signatures needed to put the measure on the ballot appear to have been successful but verification has slowed due to a low validity rate on a random sample of petitions, requiring a line by line review. This will take about three weeks to complete. Proponents are confident as nearly double the number of necessary signatures were submitted. After it is qualified, Initiative 22 will become Amendment 66.
Nonetheless in Mid-August, campaign season was ushered in as Gov. John Hickenlooper kicked off efforts to promote the measure under the heading: “Colorado Commits to Kids”. “With the Colorado Commits to Kids Campaign we get to build a better Colorado for our students, for our families, for our businesses and for every generation that is going to come after us,” Hickenlooper said to a crowd of business, community and education leaders.
Your vote in November for or against Amendment 66 will determine the near-term fate of our schools. Understanding that this is a big decision, here are a few facts to consider.
What Does Amendment 66 do?
- Raises revenue to be spent on education; pre-school-12th grade by $950 million annually
- Directs funding to pre-school and full-day kindergarten
- Invests in Teachers
- Provides resources for special education, gifted and talented, and English language learners
- Provides resources for new reforms in education
- Raises state income taxes from 4.63% to 5 % for those earning less than $75,000 annually
- Raises state income taxes from 4.63- 5.9 % for those earning more than $75,000 annually
What is the Impact on an Average Colorado Family?
- Increases access to early learning
- Smaller class sizes
- Better support for those who need the most help
- More modern, technologically advanced classrooms
- More curricular choices
- $11.00 per month for the median Colorado household
As the state-wide Amendment 66 campaign moves forward, GSV will share more details regarding the impact of Amendment 66 on St. Vrain communities, families and schools. You can find additional information on the Colorado Commits to Kids website.