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Colorado’s largest teachers union discusses ideas to ease education budget cuts

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- With the State legislature reconvening next week to figure out how to make up a $3.3 billion shortfall due to COVID-19, the Colorado Education Association is worried the majority of cuts will come from Colorado Public Education funding.

"The notion that schools and students will bear the brunt of the cuts needed to balance the state budget is unacceptable," says CEA president Amie Baca-Oehlert. Some districts in El Paso County are considering things like laying off staff, reducing salaries, and even freezing salaries. CEA vice president Kevin Vick says those shouldn't even be considered right now, "I think those should probably be the very, very last options."

On Wednesday CEA members met online to discuss what ideas they will present to the legislature on what should be done instead. Baca-Oehlert recommended, "We are asking that they pass an emergency tax, and eliminate unfunded mandates."

The tax they are calling for would increase the toll that those who make more than $250,000 a year would have to pay. That money would then go toward education. CEA is also calling for cuts to be done in other departments and stopping standardized testing which they say costs millions of dollars.

"The state last year spent about 24 million dollars on standardized testing," Baca-Oehlert says.

They also discussed the $500 million Governor Jared Polis has allocated from the CARES Act to go toward schools. With that, CEA is asking school districts to hold off on making any final decisions with their budget until they can speak to the legislature and find out how that money will be spread.

CEA says they plan on discussing these options with the legislature soon.

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Chase Golightly

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  1. Gosh; can’t they just lay off ten percent of the teachers; so they can afford to hire a 50 member supervisory and admin staff to study how to save the skools muney?
    Purfek sents for oar skool sistims twoday.

  2. Our children are going to suffer for years due to this. If those mask wearing, snowflakes, living in their mother’s basements would have just got on with life, we would not have this problem. How about our governor and state representatives who caused all of this give up their salaries for awhile?

    1. Do you ever find that being this stupid is painful? Asking for legit scientific reasons.

      1. That is what makes them so dangerous. They are to stupid to recognize how truly ignorant they really are.

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