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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 policymakers.

CSFP Inaugural Conference Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge, Colorado September 15, 2021

  - "How Money Matters: Creating, Adequate, Equitable and Sustainable School Funding"- presentation by Danielle Farrie, Education Law Center
  - "What the NFL taught me about Leadership & Teamwork"- presentation by Reggie Rivers, former Denver Broncos player (PowerPoint presentation download with videos)
  - Boulder Valley School District ESSER story video- Rob Anderson
  - East Grand School DIstrict ESSER story video- Frank Reeves
  - Greeley Evans ESSER story video- DIerdre Pilck
  - Gunnison Watershed School District story video- Tia Mills
  - Littleton School District ESSER story video- Jonathan Levesque
  - Northeast BOCES ESSER story video- Tamara Durbin
A Look at Mills in Colorado:

  - Local Mill Effort by Assessed Valuation Per Pupil UPDATED
  - Total Mills (including bonds) for all school districts
SOLD OUT- Colorado School Finance Project's Inaugural School Finance Conference, September 15, 2021 at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, CO- THANK YOU
Sheridan School Board Presentation August 24, 2021
CASB Conversations Webinar: What You Need to Know About the Mill Levy Correction August 23, 2021- Tracie Rainey (CSFP), Kate Bartlett (CDE), and Susan Meek (CASB)
  - Recording
  - PowerPoint Slides

Additional Resources:
  - Financing Public Schools FY 2021-22 (LCS)
  - School Finance Booklet (LCS)
  - CDE Mill Levy Correction website
  - CSFP Mill Levy and Tax Credits for Colorado districts
  - CSFP Tax Effort and Fiscal Capacity – 2020-21
Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance 2021
  - August 24th Agenda
  - School Finance 101 presentation- Legislative Council staff and Office of Legislative Legal Services
  - Federal COVID Recovery Funding for Education Update- Colorado Department of Education
  - Measuring Student Poverty in Colorado's School Finance System- Colorado Children's Campaign
CSFP Staffing Survey Results, August 2021
Financing of Public Schools 2021-22- Legislative Council Staff, August 11, 2021
Timeline of Colorado's School Finance & Education Reform 2020-21 thru 1982
Education Week Quality Counts Per Pupil Spending Charts FY18
Trends in Per Pupil Spending Chart- Data from NCES, US Census Bureau, and Education Week
Budget Stabilization 2009-to present chart

June/July What We’re Reading:

RFSD responds to staffing and salary concerns– Jeanna Souldern, Sopris Sun, September 1, 2021

4-day school weeks: Education innovation or detriment? Evidence suggests instructional time makes the difference- Brookings Institute, July 12, 2021

Colorado schools are getting more money. Bigger changes could be on the way. – Chalkbeat, June 29, 2021

PERA’s investments generated billions in 2020. But the Colorado pension’s financial condition worsened. – The Colorado Sun, June 21, 2021

AUGUST 2021
JULY 2021
JUNE 2021
MAY 2021
APRIL 2021
Lake County School District Board of Education Presentation April 27, 2021

CSFP April Advisory Meeting Materials: - Meeting recording - School Finance Update Presentation- Marc Carey and Kate Watkins, Legislative Council - Moody's Methodology Change Presentation- Mattie Prodanovic and Jason Simmons, Hilltop Securities - Budget Stabilization Factor as Percent of State Share - School Finance Factors with and without Budget Stabilization Factor - Analysis of Factors Workbook Explanatory narrative - Excel Workbook looking at Factors, Base Funding, and the Budget Stabilization Factor
USDA Announcement on Free Lunch Extension through June 2022 April 20, 2021
Public Education & Business Coalition Board Presentation April 20, 2021
ESSER III Colorado Allocation by School District
Western Slope April Advisory Meeting Presentation April 15, 2021
Salida School DIstrict Presentation April 13, 2021
Public Education Study Group materials 4.9.2021
  - Meeting recording
  - School Finance 101
UPDATED Colorado COVID-19 Public School Assistance 2021
Budget Stabilization Factor Chart 2008-2021: Reflects passage of SB21-053, supplemental
April What We’re Reading:   - How States Can Manage Uncertainty, Balance Budgets, and Help Communities in the Pandemic's Wake- Pew Charitible Trusts, March 22, 2021 – Universal free lunch will help Colorado districts keep feeding kids. But could it also rob some schools of state funding?– The Colorado Sun, April 27, 2021 – Colorado Senate adds special ed funding, chief equity officer position to 2022 budget– Chalkbeat Colorado, April 8, 2021 – Colorado’s 2022 budget boosts K-12 spending, restores higher ed cuts– Chalkbeat Colorado, April 5, 2021
MARCH 2021
FEBRUARY 2021
JANUARY 2021
School finance related COVID Articles