Letter to the editor: 73 would help the children

Posted 10/24/18

73 would help the children In just a few years, my two children will be in college, meaning soon my family won’t be affiliated with public schools. Still, I care about Colorado’s students and …

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Letter to the editor: 73 would help the children

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73 would help the children

In just a few years, my two children will be in college, meaning soon my family won’t be affiliated with public schools. Still, I care about Colorado’s students and want what is best for them — now and into the future. That is why I plan to vote yes on Amendment 73 this November.

Amendment 73 will bring in $1.6 billion for public schools, pre- kindergarten through 12th grade, adding desperately needed revenue to local school districts across the state.

Despite having one of the strongest economies in the U.S, Colorado has the one of least competitive teacher wages.

As a result, districts cannot recruit and keep the quality teachers that students need. Amendment 73 can help address this crisis, while also increasing revenue for improved facilities, and curriculum.

Importantly, Amendment 73 would also invest an additional $10 million annually into preschool and support full-day kindergarten statewide. This would help transform early learning for Colorado’s youngest students and set them on a path toward lifelong success.

This alone is a wise investment. Research shows that children who receive high-quality early learning are 20 percent more likely to graduate from high school and earn 50 percent higher income than their peers who did not receive quality early learning and care.

A yes vote on Amendment 73 can bring early education to more of Colorado’s littlest learners and support their academic growth right on through to 12th grade. Vote yes on Amendment 73. Vote yes for kids.

Cathrine Aasen Floyd

Centennial

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