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School boards group opposes two education ballot measures; defeats anti-PARCC resolution

Members of the Colorado Association of School Boards have voted to formally oppose Amendment 68 and Proposition 104, the two education-related measures on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The CASB delegate assembly, which met Saturday in Pueblo, approved resolutions opposing both measures by wide margins, according to Jane Urschel, CASB deputy executive director.

The assembly defeated another proposed resolution that would have called on state elected officials to withdraw from PARCC, the multi-state group that has produced the online language arts and math tests that all Colorado students will take next spring.

Urschel said the delegates were opposed to A68 because it sends “an unfortunate message” about funding schools with unpredictable revenues. The amendment would allow opening of a full casino at the Arapahoe Park race track, with part of the revenues earmarked for per-pupil distribution to school districts. Proponents claim it would raise more than $100 million a year for schools.

Proposition 104 would require that all school district contract negotiations be open to the public, as well as school board strategy discussions. Urschel said delegates opposed that measure “because they feel that’s an issue that should be decided locally.”

Members of the Colorado Association of School Executives voted earlier this month to remain neutral on A68 but to oppose Proposition 104 (see story).

While both groups take positions on ballot measures, and CASE endorses legislative candidates, neither group makes campaign contributions to candidates or committees.

Every school board that belongs to CASB is entitled to send one member to the delegate assembly. Urschel said 81 delegates attended Saturday’s event.