Colorado potentially faces a wasted opportunity in undertaking a push for greater school financial transparency. If state leaders talk up transparency as a new project and in vague terms, then they may miss the benefit of lessons already learned and fail to create a genuinely useful online tool.
Part of Amendment 66’s billion-dollar promise was the [...]
Todd Engdahl of Chalkbeat Colorado highlights the school funding and other K-12 policy debates emerging at the State Capitol as the legislative session gets underway.
Senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow chronicled the demise of Amendment 66, the billion-dollar tax increase, for a national audience with a debut column published November 8 in Human Events:
Close observers were almost unanimously stunned by the force of the blow that capsized Amendment 66. The proposal to raise state income taxes by a billion [...]
As decision day for Colorado’s Amendment 66 approaches, senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow talked with national reporters about the serious challenges of persuading voters to adopt a billion-dollar tax increase. Associated Press reporter Kristin Wyatt quoted his “confident” reaction:
“They’re starting out with a huge financial advantage, but they are pushing a boulder uphill convincing [...]
On the October 25 edition of Denver’s 9 News, Education Policy Center director Pam Benigno explained why Colorado’s billion-dollar income tax hike to fund K-12 education doesn’t guarantee better results:
Benigno and the Independence Institute are against the passage of Amendment 66. She says history shows improving schools is more closely related to a change [...]
On an October 16 broadcast of KKCO 11 News in Grand Junction, a story featured research from the Independence Institute issue backgrounder “Amendment 66: Unfair and Overpriced” and comments from senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow to highlight the impact the billion-dollar statewide education tax proposal will have on many rural Colorado schools:
If Amendment 66 passes, [...]
Ben DeGrow debunks promises made in ads supporting the Amendment 66 education tax hike, and talks about how the measure redistributes income tax dollars from some rural Weld County districts to Greeley.
Independence Institute’s senior education policy analyst was quoted in a September 22 Colorado Springs Gazette story about union political maneuvers around Amendment 66, the statewide education tax increase proposal. The article by Megan Schrader highlights an August 26 State Board of Education decision extending the deadline to file suit against Colorado’s 2010 tenure and evaluation [...]
Many Coloradans share a strong commitment to improving students’ educational opportunities and outcomes. However, Amendment 66 offers little hope of getting us there.
Amendment 66 on the November 2013 Colorado ballot proposes a nearly $1 billion statewide income tax increase to pay for a new school finance formula and other education funding priorities. A majority vote at the polls would activate the policy changes in Senate Bill 213, approved by the legislature’s Democratic majority and Gov. John Hickenlooper. The policy package tied to approval of the tax increase proposal raises four primary concerns.