Carlson: Invest in Colorado’s education system
Recently, the Summit School District Board of Education voted unanimously to approve two resolutions that directly support learning and education both locally and at the state level.
1A and 2B will help ensure that our county’s young learners are ready for school when they enter kindergarten. We know that quality preschool increases success in school, graduation rates, and even workforce readiness. Research also shows that quality early learning reduces grade repetition, job training costs, crime rates and welfare dependency later in life. And quality early learning is not only what’s right for kids, but it’s a good investment. For every $1 invested in early care and learning, $4-$17 are saved in future costs to our community.
Amendment 66 is an opportunity for voters to help Colorado’s education funding catch up to Colorado’s education expectations. Our state is forward-thinking in terms of education reform, but we are at the bottom of the list in terms of education funding. Wyoming, Nebraska and Montana all spend between $4,000-$9,000 more per student than Colorado. The state’s P-12 education funding has decreased by almost $1 billion over the last few years, while student count has steadily grown. Amendment 66 would allow much needed resources to be put into classrooms, and to support the reforms and initiatives already in place, such as teacher effectiveness and early literacy programs.
Please join us in supporting 1A, 2B, and Amendment 66, and make a strong investment in early childhood learning, public education and the future of Colorado.
Summit School District Board of Education:
J Kent McHose
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