Board of Education Joins Call for More Ed Funding
With a unanimous vote the District 50 Board of Education passed a resolution last week supporting the vast majority of Colorado superintendents who are calling upon lawmakers to provide more money for public education.
The resolution supports the superintendents’ advocacy statement and pledges to work with other school boards, and professional and citizen organizations to increase funding. Board of Education members Ryan McCoy and Max Math joined Superintended Pam Swanson at a rally at the capitol to call for citizen support for the statement.
The so called “negative factor,” which lawmakers created during the height of the recession, has cut more than $5 billion dollars from education spending since 2010. According to the board resolution, the “negative factor” has resulted in (among other things) increased class sizes for District 50 students and increased fees for District families.
Colorado lawmakers opened the 2016 legislative session last week and are faced with some difficult decisions about the state budget.
Prior to the start of the session, the Board of Education and District leaders met with state legislators Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, Rep. Dominick Moreno, Rep. Steve Lebsock, Rep. Faith Winter and State Board of Education member Jane Goff to discuss issues of specific concern to District 50.
You can follow developments at the state capitol concerning education issues at ChalkBeat Colorado.
Posted January 25, 2016