Jared Polis is spending $65 million to get our kids into electric school buses. At a time when 60% of our kids cannot read or do math at grade level, wouldn’t it be a better idea to invest in our students and teachers? Each electric school bus costs $400,000. That’s twice as much as traditional buses. It is clear Polis feels climate change is more important than teachers’ salaries. Teachers make an average of $51,000 in Colorado, with rural teachers making far less. This money could be used to pay our teachers more. This money could be used to help provide the school supplies that teachers are being forced to pay for out of their own pockets. Or, this money could be used to increase our per pupil funding, which currently stands at $7,225.28.