Baca-Oehlert Urges Additional Buy-Down of Budget Stabilization Factor for Schools, Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Apr. 5, 2019

DENVER – Statement from Amie Baca-Oehlert, president of the Colorado Education Association, on the Colorado House of Representatives lack of increased budget stabilization factor buy-down in approving the FY 2019-20 state budget:

“Our 38,000 members are disappointed the Colorado House of Representatives approved the state budget yesterday without an amendment to add $23 million more to the budget stabilization factor buy-down. It is constitutionally mandated that the state’s education spending increase with inflation every year, yet state lawmakers have for the last decade cut $7.4 billion in funding intended for public schools and students. As a result, Colorado per-pupil funding will be $2,500 below the national average next school year with critical education services funded instead by one-time grants and local funding initiatives that create haves and have-nots among our students. Funding for public education and respecting educators were common themes in last November’s election. We are hopeful that in the last four weeks of the session, legislators will make good on that commitment and demonstrate that they are listening to educators about the policies and resources that will help our students succeed.”

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