Would Amendment 66 be a big win for charter schools?

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Would Amendment 66 be a big win for charter schools?

Animas High School sees a boon; others see missed opportunity
Animas High School figures to receive around $450 per student for construction costs if Amendment 66 passes. Animas High juniors take a break from the classroom and work in the hallway Monday morning during humanities class. From left are Ashton Cornett, Cole Hawkins, Bryn Joyner, Lana Clark and Marisa Looney.

Would Amendment 66 be a big win for charter schools?

Animas High School figures to receive around $450 per student for construction costs if Amendment 66 passes. Animas High juniors take a break from the classroom and work in the hallway Monday morning during humanities class. From left are Ashton Cornett, Cole Hawkins, Bryn Joyner, Lana Clark and Marisa Looney.
Campaign tops $10 million

DENVER – Donations of $1 million each from billionaires Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg have propelled the Amendment 66 campaign past the $10 million mark in fundraising.
Fundraising reports released Monday show that Melinda Gates, wife of the Microsoft founder, and a charity run by Bloomberg were the top two donors since early October.
“We’re happy we could add our own personal and financial support for Amendment 66 to that of so many from throughout Colorado,” the Gateses said in a statement released by the Yes on 66 campaign. “Amendment 66 will bring a number of important policy reforms that should drive student achievement and provide Colorado students the education they need and deserve.”
Opponents seized on the involvement of Bloomberg, who helped fund unsuccessful campaigns by two Democratic senators to defend themselves against recall elections.
“Billionaire New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg should have realized by now that he can’t buy Colorado politics, but apparently he can still rope his friends in to try to flood the landscape with out-of-state money,” said Kelly Maher, executive director of Compass Colorado, in a news release.
Previously, the campaign had received $2 million each from the National Education Association and the Colorado Education Association, plus donations from several wealthy Colorado business people, including Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort.
The Yes on 66 campaign is spending money even faster than it’s raising it. In the last two weeks, it paid for $3.1 million in television ads, $1 million in door-to-door campaigning and nearly $500,000 on mail ads.
Monday’s fundraising report was the last one before the Nov. 5 election. All registered voters should have received their ballots in the mail by now.
jhanel@durangoherald.com

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