This month Coloradans begin to cast their votes on the state’s new education plan – Amendment 66. Amendment 66 is a statewide ballot measure asking voters to increase funding for Colorado schools through a two-step increase in state income-tax rates. The measure is expected to raise $951 million in its first year. The plan will provide funds for preschool and full-day kindergartens for at-risk students, reduce class sizes, increase teacher pay and enhance other public school programs. The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County has long held the position that our state finance system should provide “equity for students, taxpayers and school districts” as well as “adequate sources of revenue” and “support for high-cost programs for students with special needs.” We believe Amendment 66 will accomplish these objectives – not just for the wealthy school districts in the state, but for all our children. We believe we must do this now so that our state’s children have the chance to succeed in the future.
This is the first time in 20 years that Colorado has rewritten its education policy. Most states re-evaluate their education plans every 10 years. If not now, when?
Vote “yes” on Amendment 66.
President, League of Women Voters of Jefferson County