My Colorado voting guide: No on Amendment 39/Referendum J – School spending

By | November 2, 2006

Amendment 39 and Referendum J are two different methods to make the same change: require public schools to spend 65% of their budgets “in the classroom.” This sounds like a good idea, if you choose to ignore the support staff that a school needs. Schools need cafeteria staff, they need school nurses, they need busses and bus drivers and fuel for the busses. Schools need to spend money on administrative purposes and secretaries and office managers. In the real world, there’s no way that public education could survive as it is today.

And that gets a firm NO! from me.