Why does St. Vrain need revenue from Amendment 66 when we have passed two mill levy overrides since 2008?
Because public schools are systemically underfunded by our state. Amendment 66 will undo years of state cuts, provide money for unfunded state mandates, generate a revenue stream for programs currently funded by grants, direct more resources toward the costs to educate a child, and allow local control.
The Colorado Department of Education has created some of the most ambitious education reforms in the country. We have set new standards for our students (from CSAP to TCAP to PARCC coming in 2015.) We have established performance and accountability criteria for all of our schools and districts. The Teacher Effectiveness bill launched the strongest teacher accountability system in the nation. Yet all of these mandates were passed without funding – taking resources out of the classroom.
If Amendment 66 passes, St. Vrain is projected to receive $20 – $25 million in additional revenue that will provide more resources and options for students. More teacher positions, more program options, more extended learning opportunities, better technology support, lower family out-of-pocket costs, and more funding for critical programs like full-day kindergarten, gifted and talented, ELL students and pre-school for at risk children.
Mail-in ballots start to arrive on October 15. Please consider joining us in support of Amendment 66:
- Learn more about the Colorado Commits to Kids campaign,
- Canvass locally for Amendment 66 – Saturday, October 19th, 9 – 11am; Kick off at the SVVEA Office parking lot; 255 Weaver Park Rd., Longmont
- Post a yard sign
- Share information via Facebook/Twitter – LIKE us on Facebook SHARE our Facebook page with friends. FOLLOW us on Twitter.
- Talk to your friends, neighbors, local community leaders/groups.