As communities continue to recover from the lasting effects of the pandemic, the need for career oriented programs and curriculum in our schools has never been higher. At the same time, Colorado schools have lost billions of dollars over the last several years resulting in large funding gaps. One time funding can’t make up for decades of budget cuts.

Better funding of our schools will help prepare students for a dynamic and ever-changing job market by helping schools implement quality STEAM education in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math as well as vocational education and career training.

Many of our children have been educated in schools that have been severely underfunded their entire lives. Our elected officials need to make long term, sustainable investments in our schools in our future work force.

We will know schools are fully funded when we can address providing schools more opportunities to provide quality education in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, as well as career and technical education and work-based learning opportunities that will prepare students for the workforce.

In Colorado, there is a $10,000,000 funding gap in public education. It’s time for that to change.

News From the Campaign:

Colorado Sun: What does the future of Colorado school funding look like? Here are the questions hanging over districts.

Education advocates and district leaders say that they won’t know how individual districts will fare until they see the full details of McCluskie’s legislation. But some are worried. McCluskie has met with school district leaders in recent weeks after drafting at least three school funding proposals. One of her proposals sparked more questions than answers … Continued

CPR: State leaders celebrate end of school budget shortfalls but some districts worry about the future of funding

For many school districts across Colorado, much of this year’s legislative session has come with swells of emotion, starting with a long-awaited moment of celebration when lawmakers and Gov. Jared Polis committed to funding districts to the level required by the state constitution for the first time since the Great Recession. Even while fulfilling that … Continued

CPR: Colorado educators call for change of a system ‘on the brink of crisis’

Years of school underfunding, an accountability system that erodes trust in educators, rising mental health issues in youth, and school violence are all playing into critical staffing shortages in Colorado’s schools. And educators are worried that other large, systemic issues connected to underfunding are hurting their students. That’s according to the annual State of Education … Continued