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Colorado Funding for Public Schools, Initiative 23 (2000)

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The Colorado Funding for Public Schools Initiative, also known as Initiative 23, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure required the statewide base per pupil funding for public education and funding for specifically defined categorical programs to grow annually by at least the rate of inflation plus one percentage point for fiscal years 2001-02 through 2010-11 and, after that, annually by at least the rate of inflation for fiscal years.[1]

Election results

Colorado Initiative 23 (2000)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 882,628 52.71%
No791,93447.29%

Election results via: Colorado State Legislative Council, Ballot History

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado Constitution concerning increased funding for preschool through twelfth-grade public education, and, in connection therewith, requiring the statewide base per pupil funding for public education and funding for specifically defined categorical programs to grow annually by at least the rate of inflation plus one percentage point for fiscal years 2001-02 through 2010-11 and annually by at least the rate of inflation for fiscal years thereafter; creating a state education fund and exempting appropriations from the fund and expenditures of said appropriations from constitutional and statutory limitations; requiring the state to deposit in the state education fund all revenues collected by the state from a tax of one-third of one percent on federal taxable income of every individual, estate, trust, and corporation and exempting those revenues from the constitutional limitation on fiscal year spending; limiting the use of moneys in the state education fund to increasing the statewide base per pupil funding for public education and funding for categorical programs and to funding specified education programs, including public school building capital construction; specifying that moneys appropriated from the state education fund shall not be used to supplant the level of general fund appropriations existing on the effective date of the measure for total program education and categorical program funding; and, for fiscal years 2001-02 through 2010-11, requiring the general assembly to increase annually the general fund appropriation for total program funding under the "Public School Finance Act of 1994," or any successor act, by at least five percent of the prior year's general fund appropriation for total program, except in fiscal years in which personal income grows less than four and one-half percent between the two previous calendar years?[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado State Legislative Council, "Ballot History," accessed February 24, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.