Colorado School District Spending Requirements, Initiative 39 (2006)
The Colorado School District Spending Requirements Initiative, also known as Initiative 39, was on the November 7, 2006 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have required 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.
|Colorado Initiative 39 (2006)|
Election results via:Colorado Secretary of State Elections Department.
Text of measure
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
|“||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|
- Colorado 2006 ballot measures
- List of Colorado ballot measures
- 2006 ballot measures
- History of Initiative & Referendum in Colorado
- Colorado State Legislative Council, Ballot History
- Colorado Blue Book on Amendment 39
- History of Initiative 39
- Colorado State Legislative Council, "Ballot History," accessed February 25, 2014
- Secretary of State elections office, "2006 Amendments and Referenda," accessed January 7, 2014
- 2006 Colorado Blue Book, "Analysis of the 2006 Ballot Proposals," accessed February 25, 2014
- Follow the Money, List of donors to "Yes on 39"
- Follow the Money, List of donors to "No on 39"