On an October 16 broadcast of KKCO 11 News in Grand Junction, a story featured research from the Independence Institute issue backgrounder “Amendment 66: Unfair and Overpriced” and comments from senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow to highlight the impact the billion-dollar statewide education tax proposal will have on many rural Colorado schools:
If Amendment 66 passes, a formula, which calculates the number of at risk youth, students who are learning English as a second language, and the size factor of the district, will leave the DeBeque School District with $43,000 less than it gets now for 122 students.
DeBeque (in Mesa County) is one of 20 rural Colorado districts that will end up with fewer dollars per student under the new school finance formula tied to Amendment 66, according to projections from the nonpartisan Legislative Council. DeGrow told KKCO 11 News reporter Sara Zendehnam that a fundamental problem with the ballot proposal is “”the unfair way it redistributes money and the unfair way it treats certain students because of what district they’re enrolled in.”
DeGrow’s paper was also featured in recent blog coverage by Andrew Ujifusa of Education Week: “Colorado’s Swing County Could Decide Fate of Amendment 66’s K-12 Tax Hike.”