Vail Daily letter: Bad for schools
Vail, CO, Colorado
Ballot measures 60, 61 and 101 will have a huge impact on local funding for schools. Together, they will cut local funding for schools by an average of 47 percent, or about $1.5 billion.
The state would have an extremely hard time trying to backfill this amount, and currently no concrete plans exist for how they plan to do so. In fact, the non-partisan legislative council estimates that if these were fully implemented today and the state maintained current levels of K-12 funding, 99 percent of the state general fund would go to K-12 education (www.lookingforwardcolorado.com).
The students in Eagle County Schools would feel the effects almost immediately, as the district would be facing a loss of more than $25 million dollars (or 41 percent per pupil funding). We would be facing class sizes double what they are now.
How would it feel to a kindergartener to have 40 kids in their class? What services would we need to cut? Would transportation service still be available? What about sports? How would we pay for coaching and buses to games and events?
We need to protect our children’s educational future by defeating these measures.
This affects every county and school district in Colorado, so I am asking you to go to http://www.donthurtcolorado.com or http://www.lookingforwardcolorado.com and get the information you need to understand these measures.
Learn the impact these measures will have on the fire districts, libraries, community colleges, school districts and county services all across the state. Then call all your friends and family throughout Colorado and encourage them to vote “no” as well.
These ballot measures need to be defeated across the state.
Kids are counting on us to do the right thing. Help ensure our children have the quality education they deserve and vote “no” on 60, 61 and 101.
Eagle County School Board