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District Budget Cuts: School Years 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11

Beginning in 2010-11, the CSFP began collecting information from districts on the cuts made to district budgets as a result of mid-year rescissions and the Negative Factor (see the Timeline of School Finance and Ed Reform for an overview). Below is a summary by year. Click here (or scroll down) for information by year. Click here for summaries for 2010-11, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17.

 

Colorado legislative funding reductions to school districts (the Budget Stabilization Factor / Negative Factor): Nine Years of K-12 School Funding Cuts 2009-2018 by county, district (inclusive of mid-year cuts, state budget stabilization, negative factor, and budget stabilization factor) - updated May 2017.

 

Colorado's Negative Factor / Rescissions (Colorado Legislative Council, May 2015)

Background on the Negative Factor: Since 2009, Colorado school districts have been negatively impacted by the Negative Factor / Rescissions; forcing districts to cut budgets and continue to make reductions. The Negative Factor was introduced to the school finance formula due to statewide budget balancing challenges. The Negative Factor reduces funding to districts.

FY17-18: $830.7M+ (estimate)
FY16-17: $830.7M
FY15-16: $830.7M (with Supplemental - February 2016)
FY14-15: $880M
FY13-14: $1.004B
FY12-13: $1.001B
FY11-12: $774M
FY10-11: $381M
FY09-10: $130M

Mill Levy Overrides between 2009-2013 - Between 2009 and 2013, Colorado experienced the Great Recession and the beginnings of an economic recovery. To help balance the state's budget, the Colorado State Legislature first instituted Mid-Year rescissions, and then created the Negative Factor. During this time period 40 of Colorado's 178 districts passed a mill levy override (MLO), while 138 did not. Mill Levy Overrides between 2009-2013 is a one-page overview of the impact of having the capacity/not having the capacity to pass a MLO, the wide variation of how many dollars 1 mill can raise, and the impact to district budgets.

 

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Information by Year:

Scroll down for reports, or click on the links below to proceed directly to a section:

2016-17 Budget Cut Information - Negative Factor estimate $830.7
2015-16 Budget Cut Information - Negative Factor $830.7M (with Supplemental)
2014-15 Budget Cut Information - Negative Factor / Rescissions FY 2014-15: $880M
CSFP did not collect information in 2013-14 - Negative Factor / Rescissions FY2013-14: $1.004B
2012-13 Budget Cut Information - Negative Factor / Rescissions FY 2012-13: $1.001B
2011-12 Budget Cut Information - Negative Factor / Rescissions FY 2011-12: $774M
2010-11 Budget Cut Information - Negative Factor / Rescissions 2010-11: $381M

 

2016 Information - Negative Factor for FY 2016-17 $830.7M estimate

July 2016 - District Budget Conversations - DRAFT - updated July 18, 2016

2015 Information - Negative Factor for FY 2015-16 $830.7 (includes supplemental - January 2016)

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

July 2015 - District Budget Conversations.

2014 Information - Negative Factor / Rescissions FY 2014-15: $880,000,000

June 2014 - District Budget Conversations.

Three Years of Negative Factor by district - FY 2011-12 thru FY 2013-14.Totals by district and Fiscal Year. Data Source: CDE.

2012 Information - Negative Factor / Rescissions FY 2012-13: $1,001,000,000

May 2012 Video of Rural Education Challenge Panel Discussion
April 2012 Negative Factor Increases
January 2012 Survey of 3 years of budget cuts

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School district budget cut discussions for School Year 2012-13:

June 2012: School district budget cut conversations for School Year 2012-13 - Ongoing discussions. Districts make final decisions by June 30, 2012.

Cuts reported by individual school districts for 2012-13
Media reported cuts for school districts for 2012-13
Trends in the cuts for 2012-13

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2012 Reports & Videos

May 2012 - Video of the Rural Education Challenge panel discussion and forum May 31, 2012: unique challenges facing rural Colorado school districts with a panel of rural educators.

3 minute highlights

33 minute discussion: end of video features a community member speaking about community and business support

CSFP 2012-13 Trends of District Reported Budget Cuts - forum handout.

April 2012: Negative Factor Increases: 12.94% in 2011-12, increases to 16.1% for 2012-13, "Flat Funding?" - Districts Continue to Cut as districts face another year of drastic cuts, options to keep cuts away from classroom are unrealistic. April 11, 2012 update to Budget Conversations Reported by the Media. Update to Budget conversations reported to CSFP by individual districts will be the week of April 16.

January 2012: Survey Results: 3 Years of Budget Cuts to Colorado School Districts. At the end of 2011, the CSFP surveyed school districts regarding their budget reductions over the past three years (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12).


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School district budget cuts for School Year 2011-12: - Negative Factor / Rescissions FY 2011-12: $774,000,000

Cuts Reported by Individual School Districts
Detail 2011-12 Media Reported Cuts
Summary 2011-12 Media Reported Cuts
Trends of 2011-12 District Reported Budget Cuts

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School district budget cuts for School Year 2010-11 -
Negative Factor / Rescissions 2010-11: $381,000,000

Cuts Reported by Individual School Districts
Summary 2010-11 Media Reported Cuts
Trends of 2010-11 District Reported Budget Cuts

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Summaries for 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13

Trends in Cuts (one page summaries)

Cuts Reported by Individual School Districts

Media-Reported Cuts for School Districts