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Why Public Engagement in The Policy Process Matters

Jeffco Public Schools believes in community participation and voice in public policy and decision-making processes. From our School Board to legislation at our State Capitol, we encourage our entire community to learn more about legislation that impacts public education in our state.

COLORADO AMENDMENT 78

legislative authority for spending state money

(Proposing to prohibit state agencies from spending custodial funds without direct allocation from the Legislature)

YES

A “yes” vote on Amendment 78 requires that all state spending be allocated by the state legislature and that custodial money be deposited in and spent from a new fund.

NO

A “no” vote on Amendment 78 allows state agencies to continue spending custodial money and certain other money without appropriation by the state legislature.

PROPOSITION 119

LEARNING ENRICHMENT AND ACADEMIC PROGRESS PROGRAM 

(Proposes the creation of the Colorado Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Program to help co youth access and pay for out-of-school learning opportunities) 

YES

A “yes” vote on Proposition 119 funds financial aid for tutoring and other out-of-school enrichment and instruction through an increase in retail marijuana taxes and transfers from existing state funds.

NO

A “no” vote on Proposition 119 means the program will not be created and funded.

PROPOSITION 120

PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT RATE REDUCTION 

(Proposes lowering the property tax ASSESSMENT rates) 

YES

A “yes” vote on Proposition 120 lowers property tax assessment rates for multifamily housing and lodging properties. It does not impact assessment rates for other types of residential and nonresidential property.

NO

A “no” vote on Proposition 120 retains the assessment rates for lodging and multifamily housing properties that are in current law.

Campaign guidelines for Employees

Guidelines for District BUilding Use by Candidates

Principals or building managers who permit community use of their facilities when the buildings are not being used for school-related or school-sponsored activities should do so in an equitable fashion for all candidates. Should a candidate request to use a school facility, they must complete a building use form and pay the applicable fees in accordance with district policy KF/KF-R, “Community Use of School Facilities.

Candidates who are permitted to staff informational tables may do so at school-wide events such as registration and back-to-school nights. The staffing of such informational tables may only occur after school hours and when the building-level administrator has determined that such tables will not interfere with the orderly effectuation of the planned event. Informational tables will be positioned as determined by the building-level administrator. Candidates and groups staffing tables shall be charged a fee according to the current fee schedule.

The granting of permission for a candidate to use a district facility shall not constitute a district endorsement of that candidate.


Guidelines for District Employees working on a campaign 

USE OF DISTRICT RESOURCES: 
District employees may work on a campaign and speak out about a candidate on their own time. Any employee who becomes involved in a campaign should take whatever steps are necessary to document the effort is done on the employee’s own time. If the employee is on a recorded hour system, the record should reflect that the employee took time off from public duties to engage in campaign activities. 

District employees may not use or expend public funds or supplies in favor of or against any candidate. This means that district employees may not engage in campaign activities during their work time or use district equipment or materials for campaign purposes.

CAMPAIGN MATERIALS: 
District employees may not wear or display materials (e.g. posters, campaign buttons) in favor of or against a candidate or ballot issue at school sites during work hours. Likewise, district employees may not send campaign materials home with students or ask students to work on a campaign in favor of or against a candidate or ballot issue.

 Dissemination of neutral information regarding ballot issues that appear in the “Blue Book” is permitted.

ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC: 
District employees may respond to unsolicited questions regarding candidates or ballot issues. Responses should be limited to facts and not include opinions or personal perspectives. 

 

Ballot Initiative Yes/No's are sourced from the 2021 State Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book)

Visit the Colorado General Assembly Education Committee website to learn about past and current proposed and passed legislation that impacts education in our state.

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