Denver, CO – House and Senate Democratic leadership today released the following joint statement in response to Republicans’ public school voucher proposal that would defund public schools as they work to resume student learning during a pandemic:

“The challenges families are facing are real, but this proposal is not a serious effort to address them. Their plan cloaks in the guise of crisis-response, a long-sought and unpopular voucher plan that would defund public education in our state at the worst possible time. Stripping away the funding schools need to protect students, their families and educators in the midst of a pandemic, is reckless and detrimental to the entire community.”

“Our school districts have been working tirelessly with education partners and parents on innovative approaches to safely reopen based on the unique conditions in their localities. It is disappointing that our Republican colleagues chose to use media tactics to push their agenda rather than working with the Majority on solutions that meet the pressing needs of Coloradans. We urge them to come to the table in good faith to listen and understand the needs of our school districts, parents and teachers before rushing to extreme and partisan policies. 

“What we need right now is informed decision making, not shortsighted ideas that would radically change our state’s education system.” 

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