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Letter to the editor: Opposition to school funding perplexes

Posted 10/3/18

I must say those who do not support the school funding measures on the ballot this November perplex me. Many of these letters promote half-truths, misinformation or outright lies.

First off, these …

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Letter to the editor: Opposition to school funding perplexes

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I must say those who do not support the school funding measures on the ballot this November perplex me. Many of these letters promote half-truths, misinformation or outright lies.
First off, these measures are not a blank check for Jeffco. Anyone can go to the Jeffco Schools website and see very clearly how this money would be spent. It is all there for anyone to see. To say otherwise is disingenuous at best.
It is a convoluted argument to believe that denying additional funding to schools will somehow improve student achievement. A mid-career educator in Jeffco on average makes $12,737 less than mid-career educators in surrounding school districts. It defies logic that student achievement would improve when many of the most experienced and qualified teachers leave Jeffco for more pay.
Most of the schools in Jeffco were built before 1980 and because a major bond has not passed in several years, many needed repairs and upgrades have been deferred. I believe that having a classroom that does not have raw sewage back up in it, windows and ceilings that do not leak, and updated technology would help increase academic achievement.
As for Amendment 73, 93 percent of taxpayers will not pay more taxes. Instead of fluctuating from year to year, property taxes will be lowered and then. All the while increasing education funding by $1 Billion a year.
Yes on 5A/5B and Amendment 73. My kids, your kids, our kids deserve it and our future needs it.

Dale Munholland,
Arvada

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