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Amendment 73 Would Mean More Money For Colorado Schools. Here’s How

From KUNC:

Cathy Kipp was at a recent back-to-school night at Kruse Elementary School in Fort Collins. She was handing out flyers and printed information about Amendment 73.

"This is game changing," said Kipp, a member of the Poudre School District Board of Education. "This would be the best increase in public school funding that we've been able to get in decades in Colorado."

Amendment 73 would raise $1.6 billion annually through a tax increase on corporations and individuals and families earning over $150,000 a year, which is about 8 percent of state residents.

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ColoradoPolitics: Op-Ed By A73 Proponents Martha Olson and DJ Anderson

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We love Colorado.

Like so many others who have chosen to live in our state, we love the quality of life, the open spaces, extraordinary vistas, and the feeling that this is a place where one person – or a group of people –  can truly make a difference.

That’s why, over the past two years, we have been part of a historic process to make critical changes that we believe are long overdue, especially in how we, as Coloradans, invest in our children and our future. Over 20 organizations representing Colorado’s diverse places and people together developed a plan to increase funding for public schools and make our tax system more balanced and fair.


South Platte Sentinel Weighs in on Amendment 73


From the South Platte Sentinel Editorial:

Get informed on November ballot initiatives

Should Colorado schools get more funding? That is just one of the issues Colorado voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on in the November election.

While it may seem like the election is a ways off right now, ballots will be in the mail in just two short months. We encourage you to take the time now to get informed about the issues you will be voting on.


Chalkbeat: A $1.6 billion initiative to benefit Colorado schools, paid for by higher taxes on corporations and wealthier individuals, will appear on the ballot this November.

A $1.6 billion initiative to benefit Colorado schools, paid for by higher taxes on corporations and wealthier individuals, will appear on the ballot this November.

Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office said on Thursday that supporters of the measure had more than met the signature requirements.

Supporters of the effort, dubbed Great Schools, Thriving Communities, turned in 179,390 signatures last month, of which 130,022 were deemed valid. They needed just 98,492 valid signatures to get on the ballot. Under more stringent requirements adopted by voters in 2016, those signatures also needed to represent 2 percent of the registered voters in every state Senate district.


Initiative 93, aimed at increasing school funding and teacher pay, makes Colorado's November ballot

Blair Miller, Denver7

Colorado voters will decide whether or not to amend the state constitution to raise taxes for some of the state’s top earners in order to bolster K-12 education funding and teacher salaries.

Initiative 93, also called the Great Schools, Thriving Communities ballot initiative, is the first ballot measure brought by citizens to make it onto November’s ballot.

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Education tax hike will be on Colorado's November ballot, Secretary of State says

Ed Sealover, Denver Business Journal

A proposed increase in corporate and individual income tax that would create a $1.6 billion annual boost in education funding will be on the November ballot, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced Thursday.

Amendment 73, as the proposal is now known, is the first of seven ballot initiatives submitted by state residents to be cleared as having enough signatures to go before voters in the Nov. 6 election. Of the 179,390 signatures submitted by organizers, 130,022 were determined to be valid — far more than the 98,492 needed to go up for a statewide vote.

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You could change Colorado's school funding woes in November

Kelly Ragan, Fort Collins Coloradoan

Colorado voters will most likely have the chance to decide whether to increase public school funding come November.

After a statewide push, proponents of the Great Schools, Thriving Communities ballot measure, or Initiative 93, announced Wednesday that they collected enough signatures to get the proposal on the November ballot.

Poudre School District school board member Cathy Kipp said proponents delivered more than 170,000 signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office Wednesday — more than the required 100,000 signatures. 

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School-tax amendment makes Colorado’s November ballot

Marianne Goodland, Colorado Politics

Education ballot measure Initiative 93, also known as “Great Schools, Thriving Communities,” has qualified for the November general election, Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced Thursday.

Proponents believe the initiative will be titled Amendment 73 on the November ballot.

According to Williams, the ballot measure drew 179,390 signatures, which were turned in on July 11. Out of those signatures, 130,022 were deemed valid. A ballot measure must receive at least 98,492 valid signatures in order to qualify.

Because Initiative 93 seeks to change the state Constitution, it also had to bring in signatures from at least 2 percent of voters in each of the state’s 35 state Senate districts. The petitions met that requirement, too. In most Senate districts, there were at least 1,000 signatures over the required number.

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Initiative 93 to fund preschool, full-day kindergarten and more qualifies for Colorado ballot

Anna Staver, The Denver Post

Coloradans are going to decide this November whether they want to give more of their money to fund full-day kindergarten, special education, English proficiency and preschool.

Initiative 93, which supporters call Great School, Thriving Communities, qualified for the ballot Thursday, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. It will appear on the ballot as Amendment 73.

“This will help us address critical needs and offer educational opportunities to all our students,”  Buffalo School District Superintendent Rob Sanders said a statement. “We can address the growing teacher shortage crisis, fund programs for students with special needs, provide career and technical training to make high school graduates career-ready, and keep students safe.”

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Initiative 93 raises funds for education; lowers taxes for some small businesses, ag

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