4C is crucial for schools After hearing the General Fund Financial Updates at recent Littleton Public Schools board meetings, I am writing to urge voters to support 4C, the mill levy override. With …
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4C is crucial for schools
After hearing the General Fund Financial Updates at recent Littleton Public Schools board meetings, I am writing to urge voters to support 4C, the mill levy override. With $4 million in budget cuts this year, our award-winning school district is facing cuts in the 2021-22 budget of between $9 million and $14 million. These are significant and will, to paraphrase Superintendent Ewert, affect every school, every employee, and every student.
In LPS schools, my three children have a history of talented and passionate teachers. The financial update described several possible looming cuts – including a potential 2% reduction in teacher pay. Per Business.Org, Colorado ranks 50th in teacher compensation with average teacher salary approximately 23% lower than other average jobs in the state. Additional cuts to compensation will impact our ability to recruit and retain the high-quality instructors district parents and students have come to expect.
The district also identified other outstanding programs for cuts, including some my children have enjoyed like The Village Preschool and the Teacher Cadet program.
As an Arapahoe Community College professor, I understand the importance of LPS’s partnership with ACC in career and technical training to ensure all LPS students have post-secondary options. These CTE pathways provide students with training, mentoring, and job shadowing, allowing them to develop community employer relationships and giving many who may not have the option of entering higher education the credentials to graduate into community employment.
Since moving here in 2005, I’ve been impressed with Littleton residents’ commitment to supporting our schools. Now more than ever, LPS needs us to show up by voting yes on 4C.
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