This year, Jefferson County Public Schools will be seeking – yet again – a mill levy increase that will reportedly raise $39 million. There are two measures on the ballot: 3A, which will fund operations, and 3B, which will be used to fund capital improvements.
Sheila Atwell, JeffCo parent and president of JeffCo Students First has been leading the opposition to the increase. On July 20, she and Cindy Stevenson, Jefferson County School Superintendent, debated the measures at the Arvada Chamber of Commerce Leadership Breakfast. During the discussion, Atwell raised the explosive growth of PERA costs to the district over the last few years.
In her response [see video above], Stevenson said…
“As far as PERA goes, it’s a worthy debate to have as a state.” She also said, “We are not opposed to reform. Our employees are not opposed to reform.”
But how much reform do JeffCo public school unions want? Apparently, not much.
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