Colorado Education Association trying to save cuts in education budget with taxes
Colorado's largest teachers union is suggesting an emergency tax relief bill to raise revenue due to the growing gap of $3 billion budget due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Colorado Education Association (CEA) had a virtual meeting on Wednesday to review and distribute budget according to different needs a day after the state cut $500 million from the next year's higher education budget.
"The notion that our schools and students will bear the brunt of the cuts needed to balance the budget is unacceptable," said CEA President Amie Baca-Oehlert.
Some cuts are also expected for K-12 education.
According to school officials, the schools still lack the full budget, and the budget cuts made during the Great Recession still has an impact.
CEA had further proposed cuts for other departments and a stop on accountability systems like standardized testing.
"The state last year spent about $24 million on standardize testing — again, that's a place we can look to put a pause on assessments," Baca-Oehlert said.
This week Governor announced that $510 million would be provided to help K-12 schools from CARES Act, but it is unclear whether those funds will offset cuts to the education budget.
The Joint Budget Committee is still working on the budget and had not announced any final decision on K-12 budgets.