Letter to the Editor: March for education

March for education

Posted 3/4/20

March for education It's called the Budget Stabilization Factor. That's right, the BS Factor, or Negative Factor, has left schools in Colorado underfunded by hundreds of millions of dollars. Google …

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Letter to the Editor: March for education

March for education

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March for education

It's called the Budget Stabilization Factor. That's right, the BS Factor, or Negative Factor, has left schools in Colorado underfunded by hundreds of millions of dollars. Google it. The government is directly siphoning money from our schools to pay for other things. I call BS.

I'm a teacher, and at the end of the month, my fridge is empty. I imagine so are the fridges of my students. We come to school hungry, tired, and stressed. I share a classroom with another teacher and I have spent hundreds of dollars on classroom supplies. I'm in student loan debt up to my ears. You've heard it all before? Well yeah, it is happening all over the district and state. It is a serious issue.

Colorado is one of the lowest ranked states when it comes to per pupil funding and educator pay. We need elected officials to prioritize funding for our schools so we can have the resources we need to meet the diverse needs of every student and retain quality educators. We need to support ballot initiatives that can have a profound impact on the children in our communities.

Come join me and the Colorado Education Association as we march on the capitol on March 19th. Stand up for equity in our classrooms and communities. It is our responsibility as citizens to stay informed and engaged. It is our responsibility as community members to care for one another. Be the change, people.

Rebekah Holmes, Broomfield

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