November 7, 2013
What Went Wrong With Colorado's Amendment 66?
Reading Partners’ CEO Michael Lombardo laments the defeat of Colorado’s “grand bargain,” an amendment that would have seen nearly $1 billion directed towards Colorado public schools, in a piece published on The Huffington Post’s Impact blog. Was the monumental amendment’s failure due to a lack of articulation of its value to voters by its supporters?
Voters are clearly willing to make investments in education; we just have to frame those investments in the right way and make it clear how their community is going to be measurably different if the dollars are spent. I’m optimistic about the long term trajectory for education in Colorado. As a former Teach for America teacher, I’m sure Mike Johnson is a data nerd so he’ll be back at this soon, hopefully with a tighter value proposition for voters.