Colorado has failed for decades to properly fund K12 education, resulting in a teacher shortage crisis, severely understaffed schools, and struggling kids who are falling behind. There is a $10 billion funding gap as of 2023. The state’s education system has been propped up by one-time pandemic funding, but that funding will end resulting in budget cuts to teacher pay.

Prioritizing education funding will help us increase pay for teachers who have worked hard throughout the pandemic to continue providing quality education for our students so that we can attract and retain the best and the brightest.

We will know our schools are fully funded when we can increase the pay of hardworking teachers to help keep them in the classrooms, attract and retain additional teachers for our schools to reduce class size, and provide more one-on-one supportive learning.

Increasing teacher pay is one step Colorado can take to boost teacher retention.




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