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The Salida Education Association (SEA) is hosting a mixer for all current school board members and candidates from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 at Soulcraft Brewing, 248 West Rainbow Blvd., in Salida.

The event has been organized to allow those running for office to meet the school district’s teachers. All candidates will be given three minutes to speak to the entire group, and the event offers plenty of time for candidates and teachers to have one-on-one conversations about what is on teachers’ minds.

The SEA has been quietly working in the background for the past few years. In 2018, it supported the Colorado Ballot question for Amendment 73, which proposed adjusting statewide taxes by $1,600,000,000 annually to better support public schools. The ballot question did not pass.

If it had passed, the statewide ballot question would have added an amendment to the Colorado constitution and a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning funding relating to preschool through high school public education. It would have created an exception to the single rate state income tax for revenue that is dedicated to the funding of public schools. Some 34 states have made similar adjustments to better-fund public education.