I am writing in response to the numerous inaccuracies in Linda Rosales’ letter of October 17, 2010 regarding the BVSD education funding initiative, 3A. Ms. Rosales is entitled to her opinion, but not misrepresentation of the facts.
First, it is not true that by spending more BVSD can increase the revenues generated by 3A. The ballot initiative says that our community can provide additional funding for our schools as a percentage of what the State provides BVSD. Neither the School District nor the School Board determine State education funding, the Legislature does.
Second, because education funding at the State level is falling, it is not true that 3A will cost more every year. In fact, the cost of 3A will decrease in the coming year, because State funding is being cut — $190 million in 2009; $260 million in 2010; and perhaps as much as $300 million in 2011. Protecting our schools against these devastating cuts and restoring classroom funding is the reason we need 3A.
Third, Ms. Rosales complains that voters have no say over how teacher compensation is spent. What? Teachers are compensated through salary and benefits, like all public service employees. The idea that voters would get involved in teacher benefits is absurd.
Fourth and finally, Ms. Rosales states that she has voted for past school funding initiatives because they were date specific. Wrong again. Each of the past mill levy overrides have been permanent, and this year’s is no different. Why? Because our community wants and needs to maintain its great schools – for our kids and our economy. Passage of 3A is the way to do it. That’s why individuals and organizations from the Boulder Chamber of Commerce to the Daily Camera have endorsed 3A. The facts are clear, 3A deserves a yes vote.
3A Campaign Manager