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Letter to the editor: Superintendent supports Amendment 73

Posted 10/25/18

As the former superintendent of Jeffco, I support Amendment 73 which supports our school districts in meeting the mission to educate all of our children.

I want to speak with my heart. When I …

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Letter to the editor: Superintendent supports Amendment 73

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As the former superintendent of Jeffco, I support Amendment 73 which supports our school districts in meeting the mission to educate all of our children.

I want to speak with my heart. When I think about funding, I think about two children whom I love. One is very bright but finds school a constant challenge. He has needs that require small classes and highly trained teachers. Another child in my family is able to take advantage of all schools offer. She is engaged in theater, in dance, and in challenging academics. Today, these two children represent all of the children in Colorado.

Both are loved by an extended family and both have needs in school. All children have special needs. All children deserve the best we can give. Giving the best requires financial support for every child. Yet, while we say we love our children, we fund their education at $2800 below the national average.

I have read the allegations that the money will go to administration. I can assure you that our districts are not over staffed with administrators. Administrative staff members play important roles in leading our systems, and teachers are the heart of our business. We need funding to have the best teachers and leaders with our children. Only through excellence will all of our children be successful. Excellence has a price tag. Let’s make a dent in that price tag and vote yes on Amendment 73.

Cindy Stevenson,
Boulder

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