Proposed Amendments in Colorado

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Amendment 1

A constitutional amendment that would:

  • Require state and local governments, including school districts, to get voter approval for any new tax or tax-policy change that caused a revenue increase.
  • Limit the annual growth in district spending to the rate of inflation plus the percentage change in student enrollment.

Amendment 7

A constitutional amendment that would:

  • Direct the legislature to apportion all state elementary and secondary education funding among all students ages 5 to 21.
  • Give parents vouchers valued at 50 percent of the average per-pupil expenditure in their children's resident district for public or private schools, including religious schools.
  • Allow home-schooling parents to be reimbursed for educational services and materials, but not to receive any profit from the voucher.
  • Prohibit the state from creating any new authority over nonpublic schools except for setting minimum student-achievement standards.

Amendment 6

A statute that would:

  • Increase the state sales tax from 3 cents to 4 cents, raising an estimated $330 million to fill a projected gap in state education funding.
  • Create a $50 million incentive fund to encourage districts to innovate and to reward improvements in student performance.
  • Direct a state commission to develop model state standards and new forms of assessment.
  • Require school districts to provide certified diplomas signifying that graduates have met local district standards.
  • Require districts to provide early-childhood education to all at-risk 4-year-olds.
  • Require districts to develop strategic plans addressing shared decisionmaking, performance-based pay plans for school employees, and extended school days and school years for students who need time to meet standards.

Vol. 12, Issue 07

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