On Election Day 2018, Coloradans declared support for pro-public education candidates and for greater investment in our schools. While Amendment 73 was defeated, over a million Coloradans voted for it, and 68% of local school funding measures passed.
Our Time Is Now for Educators and Schools
The 2019 legislative session starts January 4, 2019 with a new Governor and new legislators – including CEA members Bri Buentello and Rochelle Galindo joining Barbara McLachlan in the House. Governor-elect Polis and legislators must put our students and educators first. We will stand together as we strongly advocate for our following priorities:
1. Classrooms, Not Corporations
Colorado has one of the strongest economies in the country, yet remains $2800 below the national average in per-pupil funding. Colorado gives away millions of dollars in corporate tax breaks while classrooms go underfunded; it’s time to prioritize education funding in the state budget.
2. Retain and Attract Quality Educators
It’s students who suffer most when schools don’t have enough qualified, caring and committed teachers and support staff. We must join together to ensure that educator voices are included in the vital work to find and fund real answers to Colorado’s dire educator shortage.
3. Student-Centered, Educator-Led Solutions
Now is the time to demand that decisions about us are led by us as educators. Smaller class sizes, adequate supports and interventions, and culturally relevant curriculum – all driven by equitable, sustainable funding – will make the biggest difference for our students.
Your Voice Matters – Make It Heard!
CEA is member-led and member-driven – we want to know your thoughts.