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The cases for and against Amendment 66

Staff reports Updated: October 19, 2013 at 8:50 pm

WHY VOTE AGAINST 66

• No guarantees the funds would boost children’s academic performance or reach classrooms.

• By redistributing funds based on arbitrary ZIP codes, some children may not receive the education they need or deserve.

• Taxpayers in some school districts would pay almost twice as much into the system as their school districts get back.

• It’s a bad time for Colorado families still struggling in this economic recovery.

• It will hurt the economy.

• There are no measures in the bill that hold anyone accountable for achievement.

• Instituting a permanent, billion-dollar-per- year tax increase would make Colorado a less attractive place to live, work, and invest

• Small businesses will have fewer dollars with which to create jobs.

• Districts could use the money to backfill.

• Fund distribution creates inequities all over the state.

• Many school districts would receive a fraction of what their local taxpayers pay into the system.

Coloradans for real education

WHY VOTE FOR 66

• Reduce class sizes by expanding local control over funding and hiring more than 1,000 new teachers statewide

• Invest in early childhood education, provide funding to enroll 25,000 at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds in preschool and make full-day kindergarten available without cost to parents.

• Support students by providing additional funding for special education, gifted and talented students, and supporting at-risk students and English language learners.

• Ensure accountability by allowing taxpayers to compare school spending across the state and by conducting ongoing evaluations for cost and effectiveness.

• Strengthen professional development for principals and teachers.

• Allow districts to offer longer school days or years and flexible learning opportunities such as online learning, work study, internships and concurrent enrollment.

• Increase funding for charter schools and small and rural districts.

• Investments in classroom technology.

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