The Denver Post has published my op-ed in opposition to Colorado Proposition 103. It begins:
Do you want government to throw even more of your tax dollars at Colorado teachers unions and their pet politicians, or do you actually want better education for children in Colorado?
Proposition 103 is about throwing money. Sponsored by Rep. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, and endorsed by Colorado’s largest teachers union, the initiative would increase income tax rates by 8 percent and sales tax rates by 3.4 percent — both for five years.
But decades of increasing school funding has not increased student test scores. It has created jobs for teachers and revenue for their unions that almost exclusively support Democratic politicians. These politicians sustain tax-funded schools as a monopolistic cartel that squashes competition and limits choice for parents and taxpayers.
Read the rest of the article at the Denver Post: Proposition 103 is about more money for the teachers union.
Thanks to Ben Degrow for pointing me to data sources, and to Ari Armstrong for suggesting key revisions.
For some of the references in the article, see this post: Colorado Proposition 103: More tax dollars for schools does not improve kids’ education.