WHO WE ARE
Created in 2016, the Great Schools, Thriving Communities Coalition, created in 2016, is the first and only ongoing education coalition that encompasses practitioner, advocacy, and social justice organizations. GSTC pursues inclusively created policies that promote an adequate, equitable and sustainable school finance system that meets the needs of every Colorado student.
WHAT WE’VE ACCOMPLISHED
- In 2021-2022, developed Initiative 63 to increase funding for teachers and students support professsionals without increasing tax rates.
- Actively supported Proposition CC in 2019, the Fair Tax Colorado initiative and Amendment B (property tax reform) in 2020, and developed Initiative 63 to increase funding for teachers without increasing tax rates in 2021-22.
- Developed Amendment 73, a 2018 citizens initiative to add $1.6 billion to Colorado’s school finance system, to be distributed in a way that would better meet the individual needs of students. GSTC partners gathered more than 100,000 volunteer signatures to qualify Amendment 73 for the ballot, where the measure came closer to success than any previous statewide school funding tax increase, despite the campaign being outspent 3:1 in the fall.
- Meets monthly to discuss and advance ballot and legislative issues; co-create communication and outreach strategies; and learn together about ways to make the Coalition and our own organizations more inclusive and responsive to the needs of individuals and populations that have been underserved traditionally.
WANT TO BE A PART OF THIS DIVERSE, INCLUSIVE, ACTION-ORIENTED COALITION? Please email Ben Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more and find out how.
|Advocates for Public Education Policy||a4pep.org|
|The Arc of Arapahoe & Douglas Counties||arc-ad.org|
|The Arc of Colorado||www.thearcofco.org|
|Colorado Association of Bilingual Education||www.cocabe.org|
|Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented||www.coloradogifted.org|
|Colorado Association of School Boards||www.casb.org|
|Colorado Association of School Executives||www.co-case.org|
|Colorado BOCES Association||www.coloradoboces.org|
|Colorado Children’s Campaign||www.coloradokids.org|
|Colorado Council of Churches||www.cochurches.org|
|Colorado Education Association||www.coloradoea.org|
|Colorado Rural Schools Alliance||www.coruralalliance.org|
|Colorado School Finance Project||cosfp.org|
|Denver Families for Public Education||https://www.denverfamilies.org/|
|Great Education Colorado||www.greateducation.org|
|Lift One, Lift All||www.childrens-voices.org|
|Mile High United Way||unitedwaydenver.org|
|National Center for Learning Disabilities||www.ncld.org|
|Northeast Colorado BOCES||www.neboces.org/o/ne-colorado-boces|
|Public Education Business Coalition||www.pebc.org|
|Stand for Children||stand.org/colorado|
|Support Jeffco Kids||www.supportjeffcokids.org|