BRIGHTON — School District 27J Superintendent Chris Fiedler joined superintendents from across the state last week to advocate for more funding for K-12 education.
He was one of 168 superintendents to sign off on a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado General Assembly asking legislators for a funding increase.
The letter noted that school funding has decreased by more than $1 billion since 2009, and superintendents are asking the Legislature to increase funding for schools at the state level. Superintendents are also asking legislators not to impose any new unfunded mandates on districts.
Hickenlooper has proposed a 3.4-percent increase in per-pupil funding – or $223 per pupil – but superintendents across the state would like to see the legislature restore an additional $275 million in recurring funds to public schools. A significant portion of that increase would be used to reduce the state’s negative factor.
Since 2009, School District 27J has missed out on $66 million it would have otherwise received. The district currently ranks 172nd out of the state’s 178 school districts in terms of total per-pupil funding.