|PACE Supports Depositing Percentage of Student Funding into Classroom Account|
|posted by: Tim | April 14, 2014, 04:29 PM|
For Immediate Release
April 14, 2014
Professional Association of Colorado Educators
Supports Depositing Percentage of Student Funding into Classroom Account
Englewood, CO – The Professional Association of Colorado Educators recently polled member educators about the merits of education reform in Colorado. One of the themes that remained constant was the empowerment of educators to have control over their own classrooms. A whopping 77% of teachers agree with a policy that would require the deposit of a percentage of per-pupil funding into a classroom account to be used by a teacher on the classroom level.
Melissa Nicklas, a teacher in Colorado Springs, commented, “Teachers often spend their own money for their classroom and it can be disheartening to be told time and time again that the school doesn't have money for the basic necessities to do class projects. More money needs to make it down to the class level.”
Despite the billions being spent on education today, too many teachers are still being forced to dip into their own pockets to provide project materials, technology, and even basic supplies in their classroom. This innovative policy would tie funding to each student in a classroom and deposit a percentage of that student’s public funding into a classroom account that the teacher could then utilize for funding classroom needs. Since the funding would be tied to the student, teachers with larger class sizes would have more total funds deposited into the account, to ensure equity.
“Teachers and community members are understandably concerned that student funding is not making it down to the classroom level,” said PACE Executive Director Dr. Kris Enright. “A policy like this would be a big step in the right direction for funding classrooms and providing teacher empowerment.”
As a member-driven organization, PACE urges policymakers to respond to this call for teacher empowerment. Teachers deserve more control of their own classrooms and students deserve well-funded classrooms.
Click here to view the 2014 PACE Membership Survey.
The Professional Association of Colorado Educators (PACE) is the state’s largest non-union professional educator’s organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. PACE members are forward-thinking professionals who are committed to student-centered reform. PACE welcomes professionals from all educational entities. Membership is $15 per month, which includes $2 million professional liability insurance, employment rights coverage, professional development resources, as well as a host of other benefits. Visit Coloradoteachers.org for further information.