Letter to the editor: Say yes to 73

Posted 10/24/18

Say yes to 73 With grown children, why should our family care about our schools? We want all kids to have the same opportunities our boys had, and more. Even though Colorado has one of the …

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Letter to the editor: Say yes to 73

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Say yes to 73

With grown children, why should our family care about our schools? We want all kids to have the same opportunities our boys had, and more.

Even though Colorado has one of the fastest-growing economies in the country, Colorado’s per-pupil funding is roughly $2,800 below the national average, trailing even Mississippi and Alabama.

Additionally, Amendment 73 allows districts to finally give teachers raises at a time when teacher pay in Colorado is among the worst in the country. In fact, the average teacher salary in rural Colorado leaves many on welfare or working two or three jobs to support their families.

This investment is a tax increase that only affects 8 percent of filers making over $150,000 per year. We are in the 8 percent and are happy to do our part because we want smart, well-rounded employees, neighbors, and community members.

But the greatest benefit goes to our children, regardless of their ZIP code. Money can be spent equitably to provide full-day kindergarten in all schools, bring back greatly needed school counselors and mental health resources across the state, and more.

Our family cares deeply about our neighborhood schools, but this goes beyond our boundaries to the entire state of Colorado.

For more detailed information, go to www.GreatSchoolsThrivingCommunities.org

Margie Adams, Past chair,

Cherry Creek Schools Foundation

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