Our communities have shown trust in St. Vrain schools by passing two mill levy overrides in four years. But Colorado has not raised a state tax in two decades. In 1989, Colorado spent $1,000 more on each student’s education than it does now, adjusted for inflation. Click here to see the trend in Colorado per pupil education funding from 1970 to 2010.
St. Vrain has been able to sustain a quality education system only with the strong support of our communities. Mill levy overrides – that increase local property taxes specifically for schools – have been our defense against ongoing statewide education cuts. But continuing to ask local voters for more property tax money to compensate for state cuts is not sustainable.
Statewide, Colorado’s public schools are systemically underfunded. Colorado’s education funding, based on any measure, is near the bottom in the nation, despite the fact that we are in the top quarter of wealthiest states in the country. We just spend less on education than almost any other state. Here is a comparison of Colorado’s per pupil education funding compared to our neighbors.
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.
Research shows that when businesses make decisions to locate to Colorado, they look at a number of factors including the school system, access to an educated work force, access to consumers and suppliers, public utilities, public safety and transportation systems. For businesses to invest in Colorado, we have to invest in ourselves.
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