“It’s not OK that my daughter has 29 kids in her second grade class with little para support.” – Centennial
“It’s not OK that we can’t afford to make copies/buy paper in my school.” – Parker
"It's not OK that the arts are being cut from schools—music, art, world language.” – Castle Rock
Colorado, we have a problem.
These are just a few of thousands of stories we received from parents and citizens across the state during our Great Ed Colorado “Is it OK?” campaign. The testimonies offer a lucid picture of the impact multi-year budget cuts are having on Colorado’s students.
Below are five facts you should know about school funding in Colorado:
Fact #1: Colorado ranks near bottom in education funding.
Colorado is 43rd in per pupil spending for K-12 and 48th in funding for higher education. Plain and simple, we are near bottom in funding for public education. Four consecutive years of budget cuts have resulted in teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, higher tuition rates, reduced graduation requirements, fewer art, music, and tech programs, and increased fees (including fees for bus rides).
Take a look at this graph that documents how Colorado compares to the national average over the last thirty years. Colorado spends $1,800 below the national average, a drop of more than $400 in two years.