Please answer a few quick questions about Amendment 23 and tell us what YOU think is the best path forward.

“Amendment 23” Policy Options

Amendment 23 Policy Option #1



Do Nothing.



Pros

  • Easiest option.
  • Preserves current funding requirement that K-12 BASE funding must grow at the rate of “Inflation + Student Enrollment”.

Cons

  • Does not address challenges of reduced K-12 performance which have arisen as a result of $700M – $1B reductions in funding via the “Negative Factor”


Amendment 23 Policy Option #2



Restore full-funding for K-12 as Amendment 23 was originally interpreted. (Eliminate the “Negative Factor”.)



Pros

  • Restores $700M – $1B in annual funding for K-12 Education.

Cons

  • Would require the state to cut OTHER programs by an equivalent $700M – $1B amount which could eliminate funding for Higher Ed.
  • May be difficult to pass.


Amendment 23 Policy Option #3



Restore full-funding for K-12 as Amendment 23 was originally interpreted, but RECESS K-12 funding mandate during times of economic recession.



Pros

  • Largely restores $700M – $1B in annual funding for K-12 Education.
  • Slows K-12 portion of state budget from growing relative to other spending priorities and forcing cuts in those other areas.
  • May be easier to garner voter support than full restoration of Amendment 23’s original mandate.

Cons

  • Would require the state to cut OTHER programs by an equivalent $700M – $1B amount when the K-12 mandate was in effect which could jeopardize funding for Higher Ed.
  • Change in constitution requires 55% super-majority.


Amendment 23 Policy Option #4



Repeal Amendment 23 funding requirement for K-12.



Pros

  • Restores ability of elected legislature to make funding decisions for K-12 as they think most appropriate.

Cons

  • Eliminates minimum funding requirement for K-12 and places that funding at the risk of further reductions by the legislature.


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