FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 1, 2018
CEA Statement on Governor’s Proposed State Budget
DENVER – Statement from Amie Baca-Oehlert, president of the Colorado Education Association, on public education funding in Gov. Hickenlooper’s proposed state budget for FY 2019-20.
“While a $77 million reduction in the budget stabilization factor is a step in the right direction, this proposed budget does not do enough to reduce the funding shortfall for public education. Districts will go into the school year with a $595 million hole in their budgets and the state will have withheld nearly $8 billion in badly needed resources from students and educators over the last 10 years. Colorado has the best state economy in the country, yet invests $2,800 less than the national average on each student and has the least competitive teacher pay in the country. For these reasons, this budget should not be acceptable to our new governor and legislature.
“This budget is further proof that voters need to pass Amendment 73 and ask those who benefit the most from Colorado’s growth – our wealthiest citizens and corporations – to contribute a little more for our future. Students in every ZIP code deserve equitable, sustainable education investments from the state to thrive in a great public school. As leaders in education, CEA will share our legislative priorities with our new governor and legislature to release schools from the stranglehold of TABOR revenue restrictions and the special interests that funnel limited public education dollars to for-profit companies. It’s time for this state to make more critical investments in our kids and their future.”
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The Colorado Education Association is a membership-based organization that represents 35,000 Colorado educators. The CEA promise to our students and communities is that the members of the Association will lead the way in guaranteeing every student access to the best public education. By working collectively with all education stakeholders, we will provide the best public education for every student and assure Colorado’s standing as an excellent state in which to learn, live, work, and raise a family.
Colorado Education Association