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DPS Board Unanimously Passes Resolution in Support of Amendment 73

Sep. 21, 2018
 

Contact: Will Jones, Director of Media Relations, will_jones@dpsk12.org

District proposes investing additional $36 million in teacher compensation

Denver – On Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, the Board of Education for Denver Public Schools (DPS) approved a resolution reinforcing its support of Amendment 73, also known as the Great Schools, Thriving Communities school funding initiative, on the ballot this fall. If passed, it would generate approximately $1.6 billion in additional funding for school districts across the state, including around $150 million for DPS, bringing Colorado closer to the national average in per pupil funding.

The resolution reflects DPS’ belief that all students can achieve at the highest levels and ultimately cross the graduation stage ready for college, careers and life. Board members felt the need for the resolution after many students and family members expressed concerns about Colorado ranking 39th in the nation for education funding, spending approximately $2,500 less per pupil than the national average.

Over the last two months, a committee of educators, parents and community members worked together to propose to the Board how the funds that would be raised if Amendment 73 passes should be spent. The committee recommended increasing teacher and staff compensation, increasing whole child supports, supporting higher-needs students and expanding early childhood education opportunities districtwide.

If the Amendment is approved, DPS has proposed adding $36 million to teacher compensation in addition to the estimated 15% average teacher compensation increase over three years DPS committed to pay under the five-year contract that DPS and DCTA worked hard to reach just last fall. The increase would be used to:

  • Increase salary building for veteran teachers beyond year 14
  • Increase starting salaries for all teachers to $50,000 and to almost $60,000 for our new teachers in our highest poverty schools
  • Double the current incentive for all teachers in high poverty schools to $5,000 a year
  • Simplify ProComp and put more dollars into salary-building for all teachers

“I am so thankful for the more than 100,000 community members who worked to get Amendment 73 on the ballot for our kids,” said Board Treasurer Lisa Flores. “Our district will be underfunded by $70 million in 2018-19 and $760 million in total since 2009-10. Our children deserve better. I strongly support this resolution.”

Individuals can learn more about the pros and cons of the initiative (pgs. 41-46 of the Ballot Information Booklet) and how DPS currently spends the resources we have to ensure Every Child Succeeds.

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