Letter: Colorado Commits to Kids a benefit to rural school districts


As debate on the Colorado Commits to Kids initiative for public schools begins, some have “question[ed] the fairness of the formula to rural school districts.” There should be no question here; rural school districts are the largest beneficiaries under SB 213, the law the initiative would fund. The largest 26 per pupil increases statewide would be in rural school districts. The Grand Junction, Rifle, and Roaring Fork school districts would each see significant funding increases.

Additional benefits to rural school districts include state-level dollars to match local funding, which will help to ensure students in rural districts have the same opportunities as those in more urban areas, the opportunity to extend the school day or school year, and additional funding for capital construction and technology.

In truth, the Colorado Commits to Kids initiative provides the resources and opportunities rural school districts across the state desperately need.

Hannah Lippe


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