A4PEP is asking our supporters to
DECLINE TO SIGN
any petitions in circulation for these BAD ballot initiatives:
Initiative 25 (Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress (LEAP) Program)
This initiative is vague and overly broad.While it proposes to provide after-school learning opportunities for children, it does nothing to address the underfunding of our public schools, but instead takes money away from public school finance and opens the door for the private sector to tap into critically needed public education funding.It would create an independent, unregulated organization with no oversight, public input, or recourse for mismanagement or fraud.
See our position paper on Initiative 25.
Initiative 27 (Property Tax Assessment Rate Reduction and Voter-Approved Revenue Change)
This ballot proposal would reduce the residential property tax assessment rate from 7.15% to 6.5% and the non-residential property tax assessment rate from 29% to 26.4%. To make up for the lost property tax revenue to school districts, the measure would require an increase in state expenditures by at least $257.7 million per year beginning in budget year 2022-23. The measure would result in cuts to many state programs and services.
See our position paper on Initiative 27.
Initiative 19 (Requirements for Spending Custodial Money)
Initiative 19 would transfer the power to appropriate “custodial funds” (money received by the state that is provided for a particular purpose that originated from a source other than the state taxes ) from the executive branch (Governor, State Treasurer, and heads of departments and agencies) to the State Legislature.Because the Legislature is in session only 120 days of the year, this amendment would lead to a disruption of services or federal payments. In order to access custodial funds in a timely manner, the part-time Legislature would have to be called back into numerous special sessions at a cost of $25,000/day; otherwise, the money in the custodial fund would remain inaccessible and unspent until the following January when the Legislature would reconvene.
See our analysis of Initiative 19.
Advocates for Public Education Policy supports HB21-1295
This bill concerns the reasons a school district may reject a charter school's initial application or renewal and that the charter school must address those reasons in its appeal to the State Board of Education.
We believe that current law fails to address the fact that charter schools can have a negative impact on traditional public schools, especially those in declining enrollment districts.
We support the proposed requirement that the success of existing schools and the fiscal health of the school district should be an integral part of a charter application.
Audit of State Accountability/Accreditation System HB21-1294
Colorado's current public education accountability system was adopted over a decade ago with the intent that it lead to improved student's test scores. HB21-1294 asks for an audit of this accountability system to determine if it has done as intended.
Ballot Initiative 25
Warning: Look before you L.E.A.P.
Ballot Initiative 25, Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress (L.E.A.P.) Program, is a corporate grab for education tax dollars dressed up as mom and apple pie. Don’t support it or sign the petition.
Ballot Initiative 25 proposes to do good things for children by funding after-school programming, but it proposes to create an independent, unregulated organization within the Colorado Department of Education with no oversight, public input, or recourse for mismanagement or fraud.
To help you understand the flaws in this bill Advocates for Public Education Policy has done an analysis of the ballot initiative and issued a Position Statement.
A4PEP is asking our supporters to
CONTACT THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE*
no later than Thursday, May 20
With this message:
Please support HB 21-1294 in the House Appropriations Committee this Friday, May 21. The audit proposed in this bill is vitally necessary! The state accountability system has been in place for over a decade and is overdue for an evaluation. We believe this test-based system has narrowed the curriculum, negatively impacted schools and classroom instruction, and failed to close the achievement gap as it was supposed to do.
*These are the members and their contact information:
Rep. Leslie Herod, Chair (D) – , 303-866-2959
Rep. Julie McCluskie, Vice Chair (D) – , 303-866-2952
Rep. Mary Bradford (R) – , 303-866-3946
Rep. Lindsey Daugherty (D) – RepLindsey29@gmail.com, 303-866-2950
Rep. Monica Duran(D) – firstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-5522
Rep. Iman Jodeh (D) – email@example.com, 303-866-2919
Rep. Cathy Kipp (D) – firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-866-4569
Rep. Kim Ransom (R) – , 303-866-2933
Rep. Janice Rich (R) – email@example.com, 303-866-3068
Rep. Kerry Tipper (D) – , 303-866-2939
Attached is our complete position paper on the bill, in case you need additional information.