2013 is “The Year Of The Student”
Read what happened when volunteers with the “Year of the Student” project delivered 8,000 signatures to the legislators at the State Capitol in Denver on January 30.
Quality education is the foundation for individual opportunity, vibrant communities, and a strong economy. Ongoing education cuts are endangering Colorado’s students, communities and economy. BVGT and the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented (CAGT) have joined over 50 other organizations for the 2013 Year of the Student project (YOS).
The Year of the Student project has gathered thousands of signatures and has joined together many organizations to respectfully demand that the Colorado state legislature make 2013 the Year of the Student by finally fixing our education funding crisis.
A new report from the Colorado School Finance Project gives added urgency to your participation in the “Year of the Student Project”. Ten years ago, Colorado spent $551 per pupil less than the national average. Now, Colorado spends $2,518 per pupil LESS than the national average. The GAP IS WIDER in state education spending! The report is here: www.cosfp.org.
Where Does Colorado Rank In Gifted Education Funding?
The Colorado School Finance Project (CSFP) has been providing school finance research since 1995. CSFP recently updated and created several reports on per pupil spending comparing Colorado to national per pupil spending from the Education Week, Quality Counts 2013 reports (school year 2009-10, FY 2010).
In 2003, Colorado spent $551 LESS than the national average. Now, Colorado spends $2,518 LESS per pupil than the national average. The gap is widening. Even though Colorado has invested in education, other states have invested more.
These are neighboring states with Colorado and the amount they spend MORE per pupil than Colorado:
- Kansas $2,479 more than Colo.
- Montana $4,975 more than Colo.
- Nebraska $4,243 more than Colo.
- New Mexico $1,664 more than Colo.
- Wyoming $9,508 more than Colo.
Additional information about School Finance is available on the Colorado School Finance Project website: www.cosfp.org.
BVGT Video: How To Start A Vibrant Local Gifted Group
VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE. At the 2012 NAGC Convention in Denver, ten board members of Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented presented the session “How To Develop A Vibrant Gifted Community.” In other words, how people can start their own BVGT in their city. This is a how-to video for any group interested in promoting gifted advocacy. Read more and watch.