Colorado Children Before Profits
CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO HIGHLIGHT DEVOS-TRUMP AGENDA IN COLORADO
DENVER, COLORADO – Colorado Children Before Profits launched its campaign today to combat the dangerous DeVos-Trump ideology that has already begun to take shape in the state legislature. The DeVos-Trump agenda does not promote opportunity for students and teachers, does not create a fair playing field for students, does not encourage transparency, and does not advocate for openness or accountability in charter schools. Their agenda will cause serious damage to Colorado’s children, the state economy, and overall prosperity.
In Colorado, charter schools do not play by the same rules as those required of traditional public schools. And until this changes, neither should their respective share of public funding. It does not promote the opportunity, transparency, or accountability we expect. And recent Colorado State Senate Bills 39, 61, and 200 roll out the welcome mat to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ toxic practices in Colorado. These bills threaten the already delicate school funding structure and make a mockery of the entire education system.
SB61 is a Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP) bill that funnels local taxpayer money to unaccountable, unregulated charter schools – all at the expense of neighborhood schools. Greater transparency in the operations of charter schools is necessary. Charters have unelected school boards and are not held to the same standards. Additionally, unlike traditional public schools that rely on public funds, charters can raise outside money with no requirement to report these funds to the state. Sometimes, this money ends up in the pockets of for-profit companies like those supported by Betsy DeVos, instead of in the classroom. Accountability for teacher capabilities, performance, and working conditions must be strengthened in charter schools. Charter teachers and principals are not required to have Colorado licenses, and teachers are not held accountable for their performance in the classroom.
SB 39 is yet another blatant attempt to use public funds for private schools by renaming vouchers as an income tax credit. But Colorado voters are smarter than that and know that this bill won’t change the intent to send public dollars to private schools.
SB 200 seeks to take public school funding in order to reward certain schools based on so called “performance excellence.” SB 200 is yet another effort to dilute school funding, judge schools using subjective performance measures, and create competition between school districts. Shrinking the public school funding pie and siphoning money away from local schools will only diminish public school education.
These bills send a clear message to Coloradans – that the DeVos-Trump agenda has Colorado in its sights. Accountability and honesty are no longer universal values, especially in the face of potential earnings.
Children should not suffer while corporations make money. Colorado’s kids should come first, not President Trump’s agenda, not Betsy DeVos’s friends, and certainly not profits.
To learn more and take action, visit www.codevostrumpagenda.com.