Colorado voters of all stripes want more money to go to education and specifically into teachers’ paychecks, but they don’t want to raise taxes to do it. They’re also broadly supportive of charter schools, school choice, and giving more control to parents.
These are the results of a statewide poll conducted by the firm Cygnal for Ready Colorado, a conservative education reform group. Ready Colorado released the poll results publicly on Monday to demonstrate what it sees as broad bipartisan support among the public for education bills sponsored by Republican legislators this session. Some of these bills have already been assigned by Democratic leadership to what are known as “kill” committees, where legislators in safe seats stop bills that aren’t in favor with their party.
The Republican education plan covers a range of issues, from teacher pay to parental rights to school safety. One proposal would give bonuses to teachers rated highly effective, while another would require school districts to notify parents if a teacher is charged for giving drugs or alcohol to students. Some bills expand transportation options for students who enroll somewhere other than their home school, particularly if those students have special needs or have been victims of violence or bullying. One proposal would allow parents to change school district policies directly through a petition process.
“The ideas around dealing with education have become a little stale,” said Luke Ragland, the president of Ready Colorado. “They’ve become a little one-note. All we hear is that we need to add more money to the same system, but we all know that’s not something that’s going to result in educational improvement.”
Nationally, a number of studies have found that spending more does improve educational outcomes, particularly for students from low-income families. But regardless, Colorado voters have repeatedly rejected tax increases for education. Ragland led the campaign against Amendment 73, an unsuccessful proposal to raise $1.6 billion a year through higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy.
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