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Urgent Action, Lasting Impact: CEA’s Statement on the 2023 Special Session and Public Education Funding

Posted on: November 10, 2023
Posted By: CEA Communications
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Sydney Slifka
Director of Digital Communications
Colorado Education Association

Cell: (720) 512-7790

November 9, 2023

Urgent Action, Lasting Impact
CEA’s Statement on the 2023 Special Session and Public Education Funding 

DENVER, CO – Today, Governor Jared Polis called for a Special Session to address the escalating property taxes in our state. The following statement can be attributed to Amie Baca-Oehlert, high school counselor and president of the Colorado Education association: 

“In the wake of Prop HH’s defeat on the 2023 ballot, the Colorado Education Association appreciates Governor Polis’ proactive call for a Special Session to address escalating property taxes in our state. We are deeply empathetic to the challenges rising costs present to our students and their families and the most vulnerable members of our communities, including our seniors and veterans, and acknowledge that action must be taken. 

“CEA firmly believes that any proposed solutions must be carefully crafted to protect the funding allocated to public education. Schools are the cornerstone of our society, and we remain dedicated to the cause of ensuring that every child in Colorado has access to a high-quality public education. It is imperative that any measures taken during the special session do not further compromise an already strained and underfunded system. 

“We call on lawmakers to consider comprehensive and sustainable solutions that prioritize the needs of our communities while safeguarding the essential funding for public education. The Colorado Education Association remains committed to working collaboratively with the governor, legislators, and other stakeholders to find equitable and effective solutions and encourage open dialogue, careful consideration of all options, and a focus on long-term strategies that will prioritize those who need relief the most.


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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