Voters To Decide School Funding Measure With Income Tax Increase

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DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado voters will soon vote on a massive school funding measure that will impact nearly everyone in the state.

Amendment 66 would pour $950 million a year into education across the state by raising income taxes.

The measure would allow more teachers to be hired and add educational programs.

Gov. John Hickenlooper said it’s a critical move that would especially help students at a disadvantage.

“Where dropout rates increase dramatically it’s with kids with learning disabilities, it’s kids from extreme poverty, it’s kids who are English language learners. Each of those components will get somewhere between $1,400 to $1,200 per kid per year that goes directly to the school not to the administration,” said Hickenlooper.

Opponents claim the tax increase puts an unfair burden on families. They believe there’s not enough accountability for where and how the money will be spent.

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