FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 5, 2019
Educators Determined to Fund Schools, Fix TABOR, After Prop. CC Defeat
DENVER – The state with the best economy in the country fell short tonight when asked to invest in the future of Colorado, our students.
Colorado educators will continue to make public school funding a top state priority after the defeat of Proposition CC. The measure would have used every tax dollar collected in strong economic years to improve the state’s K-12 education, higher education and transportation systems and begin to repair the damage caused by revenue reductions since the Taxpayer Bill of Rights passed in 1992.
“Prop. CC would have been just one step forward, but not a solution to delivering the schools our students deserve. After decades of disinvestment, TABOR continues to strangle our public services. Coloradans want to see bold, structural changes in tax and budget policy that benefit everyone, not just the wealthy few,” said Amie Baca-Oehlert, president of the Colorado Education Association.
“Our schools have lost more than $8 billion since the Great Recession. Students today sit in class sizes way too large, without adequate mental health supports, and their teachers work two or three jobs to make ends meet. Prop. CC passage would not have changed the reality that Colorado still funds each and every one of our students $2,700 less than the national average. We can’t expect every student to thrive when the power of our immense state wealth doesn’t show up in our classrooms. Educators will continue to share the stories of our students with even more voters to support the changes we need to keep Colorado a great place to live, work, and raise a family,” Baca-Oehlert added.