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  • Counting the Cash for K-12: The Facts about Per-Pupil Spending in Colorado0

    • March 5, 2006

    Selected statistics often are cited to argue for more funding increases to Colorado’s K-12 public schools. Yet evidence from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and other reliable sources adds needed clarity to the discussion. Most notable is the lack of a relationship between total spending and academic outcome, as witnessed by the following facts:

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  • Nullifying the Probationary Period: Extra Job Protection for Many New Jeffco Teachers Takes Priority over Kids0

    • September 27, 2005

    The three-year probationary period for teachers is enshrined in Colorado Revised Statutes and serves to make sure teachers who are unable to fulfill professional qualifications can be removed before they receive their tenure rights. However, Colorado’s largest school district—Jefferson County R-1 (Jeffco)—has a negotiated policy that nullifies the purpose of the probationary period:

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  • Adams 12 School District Increases Subsidy0

    • March 1, 2005

    While renegotiating its collective bargaining agreement in 2004, Northglenn-Thornton School District No. 12 (Adams 12) agreed to allow more paid leave days to teachers’ union representatives and more extended leave to union officers. Adams 12 thus increased the taxpayer subsidy to the union by nearly 17 percent in one year. Many other Colorado school districts that already subsidize union activities through paid release time are bargaining their open agreements in 2005. Both local district policy makers and state legislators should work to prevent any diversion of taxpayer funds to the union’s private purposes.

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  • Opportunity for Conflict of Interest on Colorado School Boards0

    • June 6, 2004

    As of 2004, among Colorado’s 38 largest school districts, four district employees serve on the local board of education. Adams County 14, Harrison 2, Fort Morgan RE-3, and Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 each have one school board member who is also employed by the district.

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  • School Districts Help Union Collect Political Contributions0

    • June 5, 2004

    Every Member Option (EMO) is a Colorado Education Association (CEA) political fundraising structure performed through school district payroll systems. As of 2004, the basic CEA active full-time membership includes a $24 annual EMO contribution. Several of CEAís local chapters have also instituted a separate EMO. Automatically taken out of a teacher’s paycheck as part of union fees or dues, the EMO political contribution may be refunded.

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  • Public Funds Release Teachers to Perform Union Business0

    • June 4, 2004

    Colorado school districts reroute many thousands of taxpayer dollars to the teachers’ unions every year, by granting paid release time for representatives to attend union activities and by financing union presidents and other officers to take extended leave from regular duties. This funding is done primarily through collective bargaining agreements but also through school board policies and administrative practices. Release time for union activities may include attending local union meetings or workshops, negotiating bargaining agreements, or sending representatives to the Colorado Education Association Delegate Assembly. Many school districts agree to pay a certain number of days per school year for their teachers to participate in these activities. The union either repays the district for the much lower cost of a substitute teacher or pays nothing at all.

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