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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.

The Principles of School Finance: What is a School Finance System? For more information on School Finance click on the School Finance tab on the left side of this page. Introductory pages within School Finance tab:


The Future of School Finance in Colorado: Joint Budget Committee, House & Senate Education

  1. February 3, 2016
    1. The Future of School Finance in Colorado - overview and meeting dates
    2. Can Public Education Get More Productive - February 3, 2016
  2. February 17, 2016 Colorado Property Tax and Financing Public Education
  3. March 3, 2016
    1. Colorado Department of Education
      1. School Finance How Does it Work?
      2. Percent Change in Actual Per Pupil Funding with Overrides Compared with Funding Before Negative Factor FY 2015-16:
        1. State districts map of percent change (ID numbers for districts in Chart below)
        2. Metro Denver districts map of percent change (ID numbers for districts in Chart below).
        3. Chart - School District ID, School District, Percent Change
    2. Legislative Legal Services: Constitutional Environment for School Finance
  4. March 16, 2016
    1. Case Studies Excerpt for Joint EDU
    2. School Finance Formula Funding Powerpoint
    3. Map Legend and Data for FY2014-15
    4. FY 2013-14 District Revenue - Total Funding from All Sources
  5. April 13, 2016
    1. Consideration of School Finance in Other States
    2. Colorado's K-12 Potential - Colorado Department of Education

April 2016

From Colorado Public Radio: In Colorado, School Funding Lags Despite a Booming Economy, by Jenny Brundin


CSFP Presentation to Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) Colorado STEM Network (CSN) April 2016 Conference Call.


CSFP Grand Junction Community Meeting - April 22


CSFP Advisory Meeting Western Slope - Grand Junction - April 21


Panel Discussion: Takes a Team to Educate a Child, Eastern Colorado School Boards - handouts: April 19, 2016


Presentation at CSFP Advisory Committee Meeting: Discussion - School Finance Update, Mill Levy Discussion, Mesa County Ruling


March 2016

March 2016 Forecasts


Presentations at CSFP Advisory Meeting


CSFP presentation at Great Futures Action Summit: The Conundrum of School Finance


CSFP presentation to Weld County RE-1 Gilcrest: The Conundrum of School Finance, Planning School Budgets for the Future: All the Moving Parts

February 2016

Colorado Attorney General opinion on the constitutionality of a legislative proposal to create an enterprise that would administer Colorado's Hospital Provider Fee.


Seven Years of K-12 School Funding Cuts 2009-2016 (inclusive of mid-year, budget stabilization and negative factor) - February 2016


East Central BOCES Presentation: Article 10 Section 20 of the Constitution - Taxpayer Bill of Rights brief overview. Source documents:


CSFP presentation at CASE Conference February 2016: Nuts & Bolts


January 2016

Colorado STEM Network Web Meeting - January 2016 CSFP powerpoint

Quality Counts 2016 (2012-13 School Year, FY13) - Per Pupil Spending by State: Colorado ranks 42 of 51 in per pupil spending; spending $2,681 less than the U.S. Average of $11,667.


December 2015

CSFP Presentations at 2015 CASB Convention:

Colorado Did You Know? School Finance video: link



November 2015

CSFP November Advisory Committee meeting presentations:


Final results of 2015 District Bond, BEST, Mill Levy Override (MLO), Technology MLO, Authorization to Lease November elections.


Governor's Budget Letter, November 2, 2015

October 2015

CSFP Presentation to Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) Colorado STEM Network (CSN) October Conference Call.

Western Slope Superintendents Meeting: The Conundrum of School Finance (pdf) - CSFP Presentation


2015 State Profile Data: Our annual profile information depicts changes in K-12 funding and counts (comparing the base year of 1992-93 to 2008-09 to 2012-13 to 2013-14). Data is audited data from CDE, so lags behind current information.

  • CSFP Profile Data: 2015 Highlights: 2 page overview of state profile data highlighting areas of concern for K-12.
  • CSFP 2015 State Profile Data: About the 4 tables and Notes
    • Table 1: Enrollment, Special Education, Free and Reduced Lunch, English language learners (ELL), Instances of Mobility, and Gifted Students
    • Table 2: Number of Teachers, Teachers per 1,000 students, Average Salary (comparing CO and National)
    • Table 3: Per Student Current Spending and Revenues
    • Table 4: Relationship between State/Local Revenue for K-12 Public Education and Personal Income
    • Notes and Terms: Footnotes for all tables are located on this page.


CSFP presentation at CASBO October 2015

The Conundrum of School Finance - CASBO 2015 (PDF of powerpoint)
CSFP: Percent Change in Per Pupil Spending from 2008-2013, adjusted for inflation, chart. Data source: US Census Bureau. Chart:

Percent change in Per Pupil Spending from 2008 - 2013, adjusted for inflation.  Colorado spend 12% fewer dollars in 2013 than in 2008, falling in the bottom 5 states. Data source: U.S. Census Burear


Presentations from October Advisory Committee

September 2015

CSFP Presentation to Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) Colorado STEM Network (CSN) September Conference Call.


Superintendents Conference: CSFP Scenarios presented at the Superintendents Conference. NOTE: CSFP will update our scenario information soon after the State Forecast on September 21, 2015.

  1. Components for State Level Modeling School Funding
  2. CSFP Scenarios:
    1. CSFP 2015-16 Scenarios Page 1
    2. CSFP 2016-17 Scenarios Page 2
    3. CSFP 2017-18 Scenarios Page 3
    4. CSFP Comparison of Per Pupil Figures Page 4
  3. Impact of Increasing Negative Factor - chart


DRAFT District Bond, BEST, Mill Levy Override and Technology Mill Levy Override for 2015 - As in past years the CSFP collected district election information for 2015. Updated 9/25/2015 at 10:30 AM.

Educating Colorado Project (ECP)

August 2015

District Budget Cut Conversations and Four Years of the Negative Factor

As in prior years, the CSFP collected budget cut conversations from school districts and the media: 2015-16 School District Budget Conversations. We also added the 2014-15 Negative Factor data to our Negative Factor by County/District 2011-12 thru 2014-15 Summary (Data Source: CDE). The last column indicates the revenue lost to districts over the 4 year period. This information and prior year's information is posted on our District Budget Cuts page.


July 2015

DRAFT of 2015 possible district elections (Bond, BEST, Mill Levy Override) as of August 10, 2015. We will update at the end of August/beginning for September.


CASE presentation: CSFP, CASE Department of Business Officials (DBO) and Augenblick, Palaich & Associates presentation Making Sense of the School Finance Landscape:


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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