Pay Teachers More, Save Parents Money, and Provide More Opportunities for Kids
“As I travel across Colorado, I constantly hear from concerned parents about their children’s education,” said Walker. “It’s up to the next governor to make sure our classrooms are adequately funded and parents have more choices when it comes to their child’s education. I’m confident my proposals will help hardworking Colorado families and, most importantly, help our students succeed.”
Dollars to Classrooms and Teachers, Not Administration:
An overview of Colorado Department of Education data reveals from 2011 to 2017, student population grew by 6.3%, the number of teachers grew by 8.1%, and the number of administrators grew by 34.6%. As Governor, Walker will work with the legislature to incentivize school districts to cut administration costs and make sure our education dollars reach the classroom and teachers.
Walker added, “In order to retain the best teachers in the country, we should be using our education dollars to pay our teachers and get more money into classrooms to help students succeed. This can be done with existing funds if we increase transparency in the budgeting process and direct dollars to the teachers and the classrooms where they belong.”
Back to School Shopping Tax Holiday
Fourteen other states have tax holidays for back to school shopping during the month of August, and according to the Denver Post, the average family is expected to spend around $680 on back to school purchases this year. A tax holiday on back to school items like clothing, footwear, and school supplies could save Colorado families tens of millions of dollars.
“Every parent knows back to school shopping can be a stressful time of the year and the added stress of worrying about the impact these costs have on a family’s budget doesn’t make anything easier,” continued Walker. “A tax holiday on back to school shopping will put more money in hardworking Coloradans’ pockets to help offset these costs and make a stressful time of year a little easier for Colorado families.”
Empowering Families to Save for Their Children’s Education
Coloradans need more opportunity to succeed. Walker’s proposal will allow parents to open a tax-free education savings account where parents can save money to use for education related expenses, including early childhood education, music lessons, tutoring services, and career and technical educational programs.
“Making available more avenues for parents to save for educational expenses is a commonsense policy supported by Coloradans across the political spectrum,” said Walker. “Providing parents with the ability to save for things like early childhood education, career and technical programs, and even tutoring and music lessons makes it easier for parents to plan for their child’s future. This will help students access programs to improve their education.”
Additional Background on Walker’s Bipartisan Education Priorities:
As Treasurer, Walker worked with Senator Mike Johnston to set up the land trust investment advisory board, run through the Treasurer’s office, that has resulted in more money for public education, without raising taxes. Walker was also honored as a Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellow for his bipartisan work on education policy.
As Governor, Walker will build on his bipartisan work in education policy, will fight for the right of all Coloradans to have access to a high-quality education, and continue to drive for innovation in education that increases student achievement.
Walker will expand school choice because charter schools, which are public schools, provide a low-cost, high-quality education that serves a more diverse student body than traditional public schools. He will also look to expand career and technical education programs and continue Colorado’s success with concurrent enrollment to ensure our students have the tools to succeed.