Statement from CEA President Kerrie Dallman, Nov. 1, on the Governor’s release of the 2018 Colorado State Proposed Budget:
"Any economic development starts with reading, writing and arithmetic. We applaud the $70 million buy down of the 'budget stabilization factor' (formerly known as the 'negative factor') as a step in the right direction. We look forward to working with parents, students and community members on improving a strong public education system that attracts new business and spurs economic activity across our state.
The governor’s proposal reflects a commitment to keep limited taxpayer funds in the public education system, which serves our state best, and avoids vouchers, education savings accounts (ESAs) or private tuition tax credits that would take public dollars away from our neighborhood schools.
We look forward to working with the governor and other education stakeholders on tackling a real teacher shortage issue facing our state. Every student, regardless of their zip code, deserves a qualified, professional, licensed educator in their classroom."