Jonathan Lockwood, 720-470-8233
                   CRER Stands Against the Nickel and Diming of Colorado’s Families

September 30, 2013 (Denver, CO) - In the wake of the Denver Post’s coverage of the ever-increasing student fees faced by Colorado’s families, Coloradans for Real Education Reform (CRER) is calling for an end to the nickel and diming of Colorado’s families. 

Currently, Colorado’s families currently pay hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in extra school fees, and many local school districts passed mill levies and tax increases to supplement education revenue in 2012. On top of the local taxes and fees, special interests are now asking for a one billion dollar-per-year tax increase through Amendment 66 for the same spending that the previous tax dollars were meant to address.

"Colorado's families are already struggling to pay ever-increasing fees for their children to attend public schools" said CRER coalition member Kelly Maher. "Hitting them with a bigger tax bill that will do nothing to relieve that burden is asking too much. There is absolutely no part of this billion dollar tax-increase that will lower student fees or help Colorado’s children realize better educational outcomes.

Even Jefferson County Superintendent Cindy Stevenson, a vocal supporter of Amendment 66, acknowledged in an interview with the Lakewood Sentinel that the billion-dollar tax increase of Amendment 66 would not lower student fees.  

"Jefferson County residents will pay higher taxes into a system where they will get back just .56 cents on the dollar for our students and staff," said another coalition member and Jefferson County mom, Laura Boggs. "The fact this tax increase won't relieve any of the fee burden on families is simply unfair."

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