Colorado Amendment 39, School Districts Required to Spend 65% of Budgets in Classroom (2006)
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If the proposal had been approved, it would have amended the Colorado Constitution to require that each of the state's public school districts would have to spend at least 65% of its operational expenditures each year on classroom instruction.
Text of measure
The short ballot title was:
The expanded ballot title provided to describe proposed Amendment 39 said:
- "An amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning a requirement that in each state fiscal year a school district spend at least 65% of its operational expenditures on classroom instruction, with limited exceptions."
Summary and analysis
The Colorado Legislative Council is charged with providing a summary and analysis of each measure on the Colorado ballot. ("The state constitution requires that the nonpartisan research staff of the General Assembly prepare these analyses and distribute them in a ballot information booklet to registered voter households.")
To describe Amendment 39, they said:
- See also: Fiscal impact statement
The fiscal estimate provided by the Colorado Legislative Council said:
Groups working in support of the amendment included:
- First Class Education
- First Class Education Colorado
- I Am Voting Yes On Amendment 39.
Arguments in favor
Supporters argued that:
- Amendment 39 would increase funding for classroom instruction without having to raise taxes.
- It would require school districts to focus their resources on educating students and to be more efficient with other spending.
- More money could therefore be available to pay teachers.
- Spending in the classroom might increase by as much as $278 million statewide.
- Each school district would reach its own decisions about how to comply with the 65% requirement.
|Total campaign cash|
$47,000 was contributed to the campaign in favor of a "yes" vote on Amendment 39.
Amendment 39 had two donors of more than $20,000. They were:
|First Class Education||$25,000|
Groups opposing Amendment 39 included:
- Coloradans For Excellent Schools
- Communities For Quality Education Colorado Ballot Fund
- The Bell Ballot Action
- People For The American Way Voters Alliance of Colorado.
Opponents said that Amendment 39's drawbacks were:
- Failing to account for the important differences among the 178 school districts in Colorado.
- No guarantee of improved student achievement.
- School districts that don't meet the new requirement might have to divert money from support functions and positions that help teachers teach.
- Nurses, guidance counselors, and principals are essential but don't count toward the 65% spending requirement.
- Other important expenditures would also not be part of the 65% portion.
|Total campaign cash|
$1,324,446 was contributed to the campaign in favor of a "no" vote on Amendment 39.
Donors of $25,000 and more were:
|National Education Association||$792,000|
|Colorado Federation of Teachers||$120,000|
|Colorado Association of School Executives||$46,000|
|Colorado Municipal Bond Dealers Association||$25,000|
|Laws • History|
|List of measures|
- Laws governing the initiative process in Colorado
- Campaign finance requirements for Colorado ballot measures
- Colorado 2006 ballot measures
- List of Colorado ballot measures
- 2006 ballot measures
- Colorado Blue Book on Amendment 39
- History of Amendment 39
- November 7, 2006 ballot measure election results in Colorado