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Ballot Initiative 93

April 25, 2018

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Ballot Initiative 93 is known as the “Great Schools, Thriving Communities” ballot measure, and the proposal hopes to expand “educational opportunities for our students to prepare them for success in college, career and lif...

Senate Bill 18-200

April 25, 2018

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Senate Bill 18-200 is a proposed initiative that has been assigned to the Senate Finance Committee as of March 7, 2018. The bill currently has bipartisan sponsors from across the state, and if passed by the legislature and sig...

PERA

April 25, 2018

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PERA stands for the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association, established by state law in 1931. Colorado PERA’s website explains that, “members of PERA include employees of the Colorado state government, public school teachers ...

The Negative Factor

April 25, 2018

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The amount of money that each Colorado student is alloted by the state each year is determined by the School Finance Act formula. Essentially, this formula takes a base amount of per-pupil funding, which is the amount that mu...

Amendment 23

April 25, 2018

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When passed in 2000, the Colorado Constitution’s Amendment 23 was attempting to reverse budget cuts that state school districts had been experiencing for a decade. The amendment required K-12 funding to increase by inflation ea...

The Gallagher Amendment

April 25, 2018

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The Gallagher Amendment was passed in 1982, and its stated purpose was to “maintain a constant ratio between the property tax revenue that comes from residential property and from business property” (Great Education Col...

TABOR

April 25, 2018

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TABOR stands for the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. It was adopted as a constitutional amendment in Colorado in 1992, and though several other states have proposed the bill, none of them have adopted it. At its core, the legislatio...

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