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Decline to Sign: Take action to protect Colorado values by not signing any petition for the rest of this year

Decline to Sign: Take action to protect Colorado values by not signing any petition for the rest of this year

Decline to sign Right now, billionaires and corporations are collecting signatures in your neighborhood, trying to put measures on the 2024 ballot that will defund public education, transportation, and public safety; harm our democracy by undermining how we vote, and bring partisan politics into our schools, increasing the surveillance of students and teachers. These campaigns pose serious threats to public services and our communities. We urge you to take action to protect Colorado values by not signing any petition for the rest of this year. Let’s stand together to protect our communities from these attacks by withholding our signatures!

 

Below, you’ll find information on these initiatives and why it’s crucial for us to stand together and DECLINE TO SIGN. Each of these initiatives are linked to our ensorsements page with more detail.

 

Initiative 108 – Property Tax Rate Decrease Initiative 108 would cut residential and non-residential property assessment rates, causing a $3 billion drop in local property tax revenue in the first year, straining the state budget and risking K-12 funding.

 

 

 

 

 

Initiative 138 – School Choice Amendment

Initiative 138 would add school choice and parental rights to direct education to the state constitution, which is unnecessary since school choice already exists, and it could pave the way for vouchers diverting funds from public schools.

 

 

 

 

Initiative 142 – Parental Notification of Gender Incongruence

Initiative 142 would require educators to notify parents if a child experiences gender incongruence, forcing teachers to police students, violating student privacy, and setting a harmful precedent.

Initiative 160 – Public Athletics Programs for Minors

Initiative 160 would restrict high school athletics participation based on sex assigned at birth, discriminating against transgender students and denying them the benefits of school athletics.

 

 

How Can You Help?

– Educate Yourself and Others: Understand the implications of these petitions and share this knowledge with your colleagues, friends, and family.

– Be Vigilant: If you see a petition that could harm our education system, politely decline to sign and explain why to others.

– Spread the Word: Use social media, community meetings, and other platforms to amplify the message of “Decline to Sign.” Update your profile picture today!

 

 

Colorado Education Association Announces Recommendations for 2024 Primary Elections

Colorado Education Association Announces Recommendations for 2024 Primary Elections

CONTACT
Bethany Morris
Colorado Education Association
bmorris@coloradoea.org
432-553-8747

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2024 

Colorado Education Association Announces Recommendations for 2024 Primary Elections 

DENVER, CO — The Colorado Education Association (CEA) today released its recommended candidates for the 2024 primary elections. After a legislative session in which the legislature took historic steps to fully fund public education by buying down the Budget Stabilization Factor to $0, CEA and its nearly 40,000 members are looking forward to continuing the momentum by electing pro-public education candidates across all four corners of the state.

“After a historic legislative session where educators showed up at the Capitol weekly to ensure that students, educators and public education were a priority this legislative session, the nearly 40,000 members of CEA are now concentrating on electing officials who are staunch supporters of public education,” said Amie Baca-Oehlert, high school counselor and President of CEA. “Our students and educators deserve to learn and work in schools that are adequately resourced and supported. The recent efforts to reduce the Budget Stabilization Factor were a significant initial step toward addressing the funding gaps, but this is only the beginning. We need our elected officials to boldly pursue permanent, sustainable and equitable solutions to ensure our education system is fully funded and capable of meeting the needs of future generations. This is essential for creating an environment where both students and educators can thrive and for maintaining the quality of education that our communities expect and deserve.”

CEA RECOMMENDED CANDIDATES 

State Board of Education 

  • State Board of Education CD 2: Kathy Gebhardt (D-Boulder)

  • State Board of Education CD 8: Rhonda Solis (D-Greeley)

State Legislature 

  • House District 4: Tim Hernández, CEA Member (D-Denver)

  • House District 10: Tina Mueh, CEA Member (D-Boulder)

  • House District 31: Julia Marvin (D-Thornton)

  • House District 36: Bryan Lindstrom, CEA Member (D-Aurora)

  • House District 52: Yara Zokaie (D-Fort Collins)

  • Senate District 18: Judy Amabile (D-Boulder)

  • Senate District 28: Mike Weissman (D-Aurora)

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About the Colorado Education Association
The Colorado Education Association is a membership-based organization that represents nearly 40,000 Colorado education professionals. The CEA promise to our students and communities is that the members of the Association will lead the way in guaranteeing every student access to the best public education. By working collectively with all education stakeholders, we will provide the best public education for every student and assure Colorado’s standing as an excellent state in which to learn, live, work, and raise a family.

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