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Letter: State needs to get creative, progressive on K-12 funding

Two years ago, I tried to convince the Colorado Education Association and several members of the Colorado Legislature that an education lottery would be the way to go on K-12 school funding.

Some of these people told me that a second constitutional amendment would not fly at that time. They wanted to keep pushing for a tax through the legislature. I knew that Amendment 66 would fail due to the slow economy and taxing on top of other taxes.

Amending the current Colorado Lottery to fund K-12 schools would be a more fair approach. Even though I like funding parks and recreation through the current lottery, it is time for the state to get creative and progressive on K-12 funding. The Colorado Legislature and Colorado voters could amend the current constitutional lottery amendment to fund our schools.

The Colorado Legislature needs to consider this concept in its next session. It is simple, smart, and fair. Most of all, it is not a tax. Buying an education lottery ticket would be for a great cause.

Randy Fricke

New Castle

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