The 2014 election is in full swing. Yet unlike prior years, there are no initiatives to comprehensively update statewide education funding or local SVVSD ballot measures. There are, however, education related ballot initiatives to be aware of in other school districts and at the state level.
30 school districts throughout Colorado have put $1.5B in tax increases on the ballot for local school funding. Boulder Valley (BVSD) leads the pack with a proposed $576.4M bond issue. Other Denver-metro districts proposing local funding increases include: Adams 12 Five-Star, Brighton, Adams 14 (Commerce City), Mapleton and Adams 50 (Westminster). The City of Denver is seeing a proposed sales tax increase for an extension of the Denver Preschool Program. For further details about specific school district ballot measures around the state, you may link to Chalkbeat Colorado.
Two of this year’s statewide ballot initiatives are tied to education. There are no initiatives written by education finance policy experts that address how or how much schools are funded in our state.
Amendment 68 is a “constitutional amendment that would allow creation of a casino in Arapahoe County, with some of the revenues earmarked for per-pupil grants to school districts statewide.” (Chalkbeat Colorado, 10/14/14) This proposed amendment to the Colorado constitution would, first, legalize gambling in Arapahoe County and, second, forward the resulting tax revenues to education. The specifics on how these revenues will reach our schools are unclear.
Proposition 104 is a proposed change to state open meetings law. It “would require that union-district contract negotiations be held in public. It would also require that school board strategy sessions be public meetings. Union strategy sessions could be held behind closed doors because non-government entities like unions aren’t subject to open meetings law.” (Chalkbeat Colorado, 10/7/14)
As always, we ask you to cast an informed vote about education issues and… learn, share, grow.