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Founded in 1995, the Colorado School Finance Project (CSFP) is a non-profit whose mission is to compile, collect and distribute research-based, non-partisan information and data on topics related to school finance for state and local policy makers.

 

Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance state website HB17-1340, 1340 Interim Committee. Includes links to committee documents, committee schedule & meeting materials, HB17-1340 and committee members.

 

Colorado: Did You Know 2017? -Short (about one minute) video comparing Colorado’s per pupil funding and 4-year graduation rate to the U.S. Averages. Link to video. Our Did You Know? page houses our Colorado - Did You Know? videos.

 

 

 

June 2017:

Colorado Per Pupil Spending Continues to Fall Further from the U.S. Average - U.S. Census data. Fiscal year 2014-15, Colorado's per pupil spending was over $2,100 dollars below the U.S. Average. Ten years prior, Colorado was about $1,400 below the U.S. Average.

 

June 2017 Economic Forecast:

 

Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance state website HB17-1340, 1340 Interim Committee. Includes links to committee documents, committee schedule and meeting materials, HB17-1340 and committee members.

 

Timeline of Colorado's School Finance & Education Reform 2017-18 thru 1982 (May 2017 Update).

 

May 2017:

CSFP May 2017 Advisory Committee Meeting:

 

April 2017:

CSFP April Advisory Committee Meeting:

 

2017 Action Summit - Colorado Conundrum

 

Western Slope CSFP Advisory Committee Meeting

 

Comparing a variety of audited funding sources, the funding gap between Colorado and the U.S. Average has continued to increase over the past two decades. Also included is a chart, in constant 2016 dollars, illustrating how much less Colorado spent per student in 1994, 2004 and 2014. In constant 2016 dollars, Colorado spent about $1,000 per pupil less in 1994 and about $2,000 less per pupil in 2014.

 

Colorado's Per Pupil Spending Gap for 2013-14 compares Colorado's per pupil spending gap with and without the negative factor to the U.S. Average and the average of the top 5 per pupil spending states. With the negative factor, Colorado ranks 40th in per pupil spending. Without the negative factor, Colorado ranks 29th.

 

March 2017:

Denver Post - Supreme Court Bolsters Rights of Learning-Disabled Students in Ruling in Colorado Case - Endrew F v Douglas County School District 1

 

Article from the Journal-Advocate: Colorado School Funding Facing 'Scary' Situation - recapping a presentation by one of CSFP's board members / Deputy Superintendent/Chief Financial Officer of Colorado Springs D-11.

 

March 2017 State Forecasts

 

Updated reports on Colorado's special needs populations and a comparison of Average Teacher Salary: Colorado to the U.S. Average.

  1. Students receiving Special Education services
  2. Students learning English
  3. Students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch (proxy for poverty)
  4. Students receiving Gifted and Talented services
  5. Homeless Students
  6. Estimated average teacher salary - Colorado compared to the U.S. Average - constant 2015-16 dollars.

 

JBC Staff Figure Setting 2017-18 - Department of Education (JBC working document - subject to change)

 

School Finance and the Constitution, Colorado Legislative Council Staff

Colorado: Did You Know 2017? - second video in our series Colorado: Did You Know?describing the school finance situation in Colorado. Our second video provides additional detail about the impact of Colorado's funding of K-12 students, districts and the state of Colorado. Our Did You Know? page house both videos and PDFs.

February 2017:

Colorado School Finance Project Advisory Meeting February 2017 presentations

 

Colorado Legislative Council - Education Budget Outlook - February 2017 - Natalie Mullis, Chief Economist, Legislative Council staff

 

Eight Years of K-12 School Funding Cuts 2009-2017 by county, district (inclusive of mid-year, budget stabilization and negative factor) - updated February 2017.

 

Video from KUSA 9News answering the question “I thought all that tax money from marijuana was supposed to take care of all this.”


Why Pot Tax Can’t Save a Jeffco School

 

CASE Winter Leadership Conference:

 

January 2017:

CSFP January Advisory Committee Meeting presentations:

 

KUNC - All Things Considered: Lawmakers Float Solutions to Colorado's School Funding Shortfall, January 18, 2017, an interview with Tracie Rainey (Executive Director, Colorado School Finance Project.

 

Hickenlooper's Supplementals and Budget Amendments January 17, 2017

 

Education Week, Quality Counts 2017: Chart comparing per pupil spending above and below the U.S. average between Colorado and the 50 states and D.C. (2014 audited data). Colorado spends $2,685 less than the U.S. average, ranking 41st of 51. Quality Counts 2017: Per Pupil Spending 2014 Data, Dollars Above or Below U.S. average.

 

Note: Typically our Home page contains information from the last 6 months. We try to "roll off" information every month to our Historical Info page. The information is in chronological order, most recent first.

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