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- 1. Great Futures Start with a Great Education Great Ed Douglas County
- 2. Three Reasons to Care about Amendments 60, 61 and Prop 101:
- Education - Our children wont get a 21st century education if we continue to disinvest
- Jobs - 73,000 jobs will be lost if these three measures pass . Companies wont come to Colorado, creating new jobs and strengthening our economy and our kids futures.
- Public safety, health, and transportation These services that support our communities will be at risk.
- More at www.lookingforwardcolorado.com
- 3. Great Futures Start with a Great Education . . . Is Colorado Making the Necessary Investments in our Future?
- 4. How is Colorado doing?
- 42nd in K-12 education per pupil funding (adjusted for cost of living)
- 40th in elem. level pupil to teacher ratio
- 41st in technology in our schools
- 48th in per capita spending on higher ed
- 46th in combined state and local taxes
- 6. In other states
- 7. Cuts to Public Schools
- 6.12 percent or $354 million (so far)
- Over $400-500 per student
- Result: Increased class size; school days, summer school cut; schools closed; furloughs & layoffs; transportation, activity & technology fees; art/ music/electives, mentoring & literacy staff cut.
- Douglas County School District
- 440 DCSD Jobs Eliminated from 09/10 to 10/11
- -160 were classroom teachers
- Fees for buses, technology and sports
- Preparing for another 6 percent cut in 2011-12
- 8. How Low Can Higher Ed Go? ** Colorado: 48th Higher Ed Funding (per capita)
- 9. Cuts to Higher Education
- Higher Ed
- 2010-11: Funding propped up by federal stimulus dollars.
- 2011-12: cuts of as much as $300 million in state aid anticipated when stimulus ends.
- Result: Annual 9% increases in tuition, making higher ed less accessible; larger classes, shrinking course availability, potentially closed departments, campuses.
- Deeper cuts expected for the current year and the 2011-12 year. . .
- 10. When will it get better?
- When will full day Kindergarten be free and Preschool more accessible?
- When will our class sizes approach other states?
- When will tuition stop increasing?
- When will technology be on par with the national average?
- When will we be able to restore art, music, PE, and Career Tech. classes?
- 11. Never . Until we act.
- 12. In fact, it could get even worse.
- 13. AT A CROSSROADS Current Trajectory If A60, A61, or P101 pass Long Term Goal 2011-12 2010-11 2012-13 Investment ($)
- 14. Spending per student declining in Douglas County More budget cuts are expected next year even if 60, 61, and 101 fail.
- 15. Douglas County schools would be devastated by 60, 61, and 101 If 60, 61, and 101 pass spending per student plummets
- 16. Proposition 101
- Reduces Government Revenues
- Reduces car registration, license fees, income tax rate, phone bill taxes. Result: $2+ billion/year (large proportion goes to schools)
- Bottom line : Slashes revenues at state/local levels on the heels of $3+ billion in state cuts alone. Education cuts inevitable, resulting in larger class sizes, narrowing curriculum, higher tuition, higher fees.
- DCSD estimates losing $16M over 5-yr period in Specific Ownership Tax when fully implemented
- 17. Amendment 60
- Limits Property Taxes & Voids TABOR Elections
- Cuts local property taxes for schools in half without means for state to replace those lost local revenues.
- Overrides past local de-Brucing elections.
- Allows citizens to put mill levy reductions on ballot by petition.
- Applies property tax to many colleges and universities.
- Bottom line : Reverses voters will in previous elections resulting in increased class size, decreased opportunities, higher tuition, closed institutions.
- DCSD estimates losing $80M over 10-year period under this measure
- 18. Amendment 61
- Limits Government Borrowing
- Prohibits state from any use of debt to finance important projects over time. Colorado would be only state in the country with this restriction.
- Would end the Build Excellent Schools Today program
- Could result in March November school year in some districts.
- DCSD would not be able to borrow until 2014, even if voters wanted to provide space to reduce class size.
- 19. Prop 101, Amendment 60 & 61 Impact
- At least $2.7 billion loss of local and state revenue for important community services.
- Loss of thousands of jobs in public and private sector, including 8,000 educators
- 20. Prop 101, Amendment 60 & 61 Impact
- Douglas County School District:
- If Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 pass, would reduce DCSD funding contribution by 40%, or $99M ($1,790/student) when fully implemented.
- District will not be able to borrow until 2014
- 21. Prop 101, Amendment 60 & 61 Impact
- Douglas County Total Impact:
- One-third reduction in annual revenue
- 47% cut to Developmental Disabilities Fund
- 47% cut to Road and Bridge Fund
- 23% cut to Law Enforcement Authority Fund
- 52% cut to Library funding
- 22. Great Futures Start with a Great Education, but . . .
- Colorados funding for preschool, K-12 and higher ed is already too low and being cut further.
- A60, A61 and P101 would devastate our education system and make it impossible for our economy to recover or compete.
- A60 Guts local support for schools
- A61 Makes construction and health & safety repairs virtually impossible
- Prop 101 Cuts $2+ billion out of district, local and state budgets that are already unable to meet the needs of their citizens.
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