Welcome

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.

School Finance Interim Committee Meeting 12/11/2018 proposed bill. Additional information on Interim Committees is here.  Click on tab: 2018 Interim Committee on School Finance (HB17-1340) for additional information.

CASB Convention: CSFP presentation – School Finance: What’s Next?

Chalkbeat: Dear Governor: Here’s what Colorado educators want Jarod Polis to know about their schools.   Additional information on our website about: Teacher Shortage, Supply, Retention

CSFP School Finance and Education Reform Timeline – December 2018 Update

School District Election Results for 2018: Bond, BEST, Mill Levy Override (MLO), Sales Tax

Governor’s FY 2019-20 November 1, 2018 Budget Request

In early October, CSFP asked Superintendents, CFOs/Budget Managers and BOCES Directors what they are experiencing in teacher recruitment / retention issues.  We received responses from over 70 districts and BOCES across the state.  Following are some of their responses by school district region or BOCES.

Additional information on Teacher Shortage, Supply, Retention

CSFP map of Colorado School Districts on 4-day weeks for 2018-19 School Year.  Some districts choose to have a 4-day week.  For others, it is a financial decision.  Colorado has 178 school districts.  Source: Colorado Department of Education and districts.

  • 104 (58%) of Colorado’s school districts are on 4-day weeks
    • 91 Districts – All schools on 4-day weeks
    • 13 Districts – 1 or some schools on 4-day weeks
    • Colorado Charter School Institute – some schools on 4-day weeks
    • 1 BOCES on 4-day week

What We Are Reading

DECEMBER 2018

School Finance Interim Committee Meeting 12/11/2018 proposed bill. Additional information on Interim Committees is here.  Click on tab: 2018 Interim Committee on School Finance (HB17-1340) for additional information.

 

CASB Convention: CSFP presentation - School Finance: What's Next?

 

Chalkbeat: Dear Governor: Here's what Colorado educators want Jarod Polis to know about their schools. Additional information on our website about: Teacher Shortage, Supply, Retention

 

Joint Budget Committee: Education Briefing Documents for FY 2019-20

 

CSFP School Finance and Education Reform Timeline - December 2018 Update

NOVEMBER 2018

School District Election Results for 2018: Bond, BEST, Mill Levy Override (MLO), Sales Tax

 

Legislative and District Sample Budget Timeline - 2018-19 District Budget

 

2018 Elections - What do they Mean for Fiscal Policy? - presentation by Carol Hedges, Colorado Fiscal Institute at the November 2018 CSFP Advisory Committee meeting.

 

District Election Preliminary Results - 11/17/2018, 8:30 AM Subject to change as new information becomes available. Be sure to "refresh" your device to view the most recent update.

 

Amendment 73 Impact Calculator

 

Governor's FY 2019-20 November 1, 2018 Budget Request

OCTOBER 2018

DRAFT of 2018 School District Elections - information is subject to change as more current information becomes available.  Elections: Bond, BEST, Mill Levy Override (MLO), Operational Mill Levy, Full Day Kindergarten MLO, Transportation MLO, Sales Tax.  Information posted as of 10/31/2018.

 

In early October, CSFP asked Superintendents, CFOs/Budget Managers and BOCES Directors what they are experiencing in teacher recruitment / retention issues.  We received responses from over 70 districts and BOCES across the state.  Following are some of their responses by school district region or BOCES.

Additional information on Teacher Shortage, Supply, Retention

 

CSFP Advisory Committee Meeting - Western Slope presentation

 

The Colorado Sun: Colorado is near the bottom of states in school funding.  That's why there are nearly 40 bond and mill levy override questions on ballots this fall.


Summary Report to Legislative Council - Gallagher Interim Committee 2018
, Bill A, Bill B, Bill C - October 2018

 

Colorado Ballot Information Booklet - 2018 Blue Book - Colorado Legislative Council Staff

 

Responses by Superintendents and CFO/Budget Managers to CSFP's query about Teacher Retention and Recruitment Concerns in their district: Colorado School District Teacher Recruitment Retention - first email 10/11/2018 - more will be added over the month of October.  We have received responses from over 60 of Colorado's 178 districts.

 

CSFP map of Colorado School Districts on 4-day weeks for 2018-19 School Year.  Some districts choose to have a 4-day week.  For others, it is a financial decision.  Colorado has 178 school districts.  Source: Colorado Department of Education and districts.

  • 104 (58%) of Colorado's school districts are on 4-day weeks
    • 91 Districts - All schools on 4-day weeks
    • 13 Districts - 1 or some schools on 4-day weeks
    • Colorado Charter School Institute - some schools on 4-day weeks
    • 1 BOCES on 4-day week
SEPTEMBER 2018

CSFP Advisory Committee

 

Statuory Process for Reorganizing School District Boundaries:

 

Summer / Fall 2018: Challenge to the constitutionality of the transportation section (Section 7) of HB18-1306 by CASE/CASB and several school districts.

CASE Press Release
Governor Hickenlooper's letter to the Members of the Colorado House of Representation - June 1 2018

The Bill and Fiscal Note
HB18-1306 - Concerning Ensuring Educational Stability for Students in Out-of-Home Placement
HB18-1306 - Fiscal Note

 

Colorado Ballot Information Booklet - 2018 Blue Book - Colorado Legislative Council

 

September 2018 Forecast

 

School Finance Interim Committee - September 17, 2018 Workshop

 

Alternatives to the Gallagher Amendment Interim Study Committee - Proposed Legislation

 

DRAFT of 2018 School District Elections - information is subject to change as more current information becomes available. Elections: Bond, BEST, Mill Levy Override (MLO), Operational Mill Levy, Full Day Kindergarten MLO, Transportation MLO, Sales Tax. Information posted as of 10/1/2018, 3:30 PM Update.

Colorado's Legislative History of Mill Levy Overrides from 1988 - 2018

AUGUST 2018
JULY 2018

High Achieving States Across 6 Benchmarks: Summary of academic rankings of the top 10 states incorporating 6 benchmarks sourced from a variety of sources: ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), McKinsey/US News - Best States, and EdWeek, Quality Counts.

CASE DBO Presentation: School Finance: Now What? Amendment 73

July 13, 2018 Gallagher Interim Committee Meeting - CSFP Interim Committee information is available on CSFP's Interim Committee page.

  • October 3, 2018
  • August 21, 2018
  • July 18, 2018
  • Agenda July 13, 2018
  • Presentations:
    • Colorado Assessors' Association
    • JBC: Property Tax, School Finance, and the Gallagher Amendment
    • Pueblo City-County Library
    • Department of Local Affairs

Historical information is available on our Historial Info page, by calendar year.