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Letter: Money matters in education

If Colorado school funding were given a grade, we’d be in the 14th percentile, an epic fail. You got that right: Our beloved, highly educated, prides-itself-on-education state is 43rd in the nation in terms of per-pupil funding. Let’s start solving this problem here at home by voting “yes” on 3A.

As two professionals who have worked in our local public schools — Aspen High School and Aspen Community School — for a combined 21 years, we have experienced firsthand the relationship among well-funded schools, high-quality education and a thriving community.

It all starts in the classroom. Right-sized funding allows us to keep our small class sizes, which translates to individualized attention for our students and more flexible lesson planning for our teachers. In short, we get less crowd control and more education.

The return on our investment in 3A is not just smarter kids and more diverse educational offerings, although that’s pretty awesome in itself. Having well-funded schools also has been shown to have positive outcomes on educating the future workforce, attracting businesses to a community, improving property values and enhancing economic growth.

And let’s not forget, as author John Green notes, “We have discovered as a species it is useful to have an educated population.”

Our family is voting “yes” on 3A to fund excellent schools in the Aspen School District, and we invite you to join us.

Marc and Lara Whitley


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