Among the issues decided in elections held on November 7 was a school-funding measure that will earmark hundreds of millions of dollars for public schools in Colorado. The successful amendment to the state constitution was co-authored by Cary Kennedy '90.

Amendment 23 was approved by a wide margin in the state on election day. It will result in an estimated $4.58 billion funneled to school districts over the next 10 years, thanks to a partial rollback of the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights, or TABOR, an amendment passed in 1992. Per-pupil spending would jump from $5,175 this year to about $8,192 in 2011. Burgeoning class size and outdated resources were cited among the needs in Colorado, where education spending failed to match inflation for several years in the 1990s.

Kennedy, once a budget analyst for former Colorado Governor Roy Romer, told The Wall Street Journal in an interview that she initiated the campaign for the amendment "after watching school boards struggle to cope with the rapid growth within the confines of the 1992 rollback."

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