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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

October Pupil Count- Where are the Students? Presentation to DBO- Tracie Rainey and Justin Silverstein, October 28, 2020
                                                                                                ELECTIONS PAGE 2020

DRAFT of 2020 School District Elections-  Elections: Bond, BEST, Mill Levy Override (MLO), Operational MLO, and Transportation MLO.  Information posted as of 10/12/2020.
2020 State Ballot Information Booklet (the Blue Book)- Legislative Council of the Colorado General Assembly

Amendment B resources:
  - The Gallagher Amendment- Legislative Council Staff, July 30, 2020
  - Amendment B explained: What repealing the Gallagher Amendment would mean for Colorado and your property taxes- The Colorado Sun, September 29, 2020
  - Gallagher's Effect on Tax Rates Over Time graph
  - Amendment B: Repeal Gallagher Amendment, Explained- Colorado Public Radio, October 12, 2020

Proposition 116 Tax Calculator- created by Colorado Fiscal Institute
 - CFI Prop 116 Tax Calculator - Google Spreadsheet
 - CFI Prop 116 Tax Calculator- Excel format
State Board of Education Special Meeting- October 22, 2020
Memo CDE Budget Revised Reductions for FY 2021-22- 10/21/2020
State Board of Education's Budget Recommendation to the State Legislature- 10/21/2020
Western Slope Superintendent's Conference Presentation- October 15, 2020
Advocacy for your District CASBO Fall Conference Presentation- Diane Doney and Tracie Rainey, October 15, 2020
Internet Connectivity Across Colorado- Institute of Education Sciences
Estes Park School Board Presentation- Tracie Rainey, October 13, 2020
Teacher Salary Comparison by 24/7 Wall St.- October 12, 2020
CSFP’s October 2020 VIRTUAL Advisory Meeting:

Video Recording of meeting
September 2020 Forecast & the Blue Book Process- Kate Watkins, Legislative Council Staff
October Count Slide- Justin Silverstein, APA and Tracie Rainey
Gallagher Amendment: Impacts on Schools & Local Services and Why Now is the Time to Repeal It- Senator Chris Hansen
Be a Public Education Voter resources- Great Education Colorado
Education Funding and Taxation Policy Presentation to Great Schools Thriving Communities- Justin Silverstein, APA and Tracie Rainey, October 7, 2020
Average Teacher Salary Comparison Chart using Business.org data

October What We’re Reading:  

School Bank Accounts Are Dwindling, As Third Wave of COVID-19 Takes Hold– Huffington Post, October 28, 2020

Amendment B: Repeal Gallagher Amendment, Explained– Colorado Public Radio, October 12, 2020

School finance related COVID Articles
OCTOBER 2020
                                                                                                ELECTIONS PAGE 2020

DRAFT of 2020 School District Elections-  Elections: Bond, BEST, Mill Levy Override (MLO), Operational MLO, and Transportation MLO.  Information posted as of 10/12/2020.
2020 State Ballot Information Booklet (the Blue Book)- Legislative Council of the Colorado General Assembly

Amendment B resources:
  - The Gallagher Amendment- Legislative Council Staff, July 30, 2020
  - Amendment B explained: What repealing the Gallagher Amendment would mean for Colorado and your property taxes- The Colorado Sun, September 29, 2020
  - Gallagher's Effect on Tax Rates Over Time graph
  - Amendment B: Repeal Gallagher Amendment, Explained- Colorado Public Radio, October 12, 2020

Proposition 116 Tax Calculator- created by Colorado Fiscal Institute
 - CFI Prop 116 Tax Calculator - Google Spreadsheet
 - CFI Prop 116 Tax Calculator- Excel format
Internet Connectivity Across Colorado- Institute of Education Sciences
Estes Park School Board Presentation- Tracie Rainey, October 13, 2020
Teacher Salary Comparison by 24/7 Wall St.- October 12, 2020
CSFP’s October 2020 VIRTUAL Advisory Meeting:

Video Recording of meeting
September 2020 Forecast & the Blue Book Process- Kate Watkins, Legislative Council Staff
October Count Slide- Justin Silverstein, APA and Tracie Rainey
Gallagher Amendment: Impacts on Schools & Local Services and Why Now is the Time to Repeal It- Senator Chris Hansen
Be a Public Education Voter resources- Great Education Colorado
Education Funding and Taxation Policy Presentation to Great Schools Thriving Communities- Justin Silverstein, APA and Tracie Rainey, October 7, 2020
Average Teacher Salary Comparison Chart using Business.org data
October What We're Reading:   - School Bank Accounts Are Dwindling, As Third Wave of COVID-19 Takes Hold- Huffington Post, October 28, 2020 - Amendment B: Repeal Gallagher Amendment, Explained- Colorado Public Radio, October 12, 2020  
SEPTEMBER 2020
CDE Memo: Student October Count Data Respondents/Audit Contacts- September 25, 2020
Average Teacher Salary Comparison Chart using Business.org data


Colorado Joint Education Committees' Meeting agenda and presentations- September 23, 2020 - Agenda - Overview and Statewide Snapshot from CDE - Managing COVID-10 Symptoms and Exposure - Colorado Charter School Institute - PTA and Parents on Reopening Schools - Addressing Barriers to Remote and In-Person Learning - Canon City Schools- How We Opened - North Routt Community Charter School - The Pinnacle Charter School - Budget and Funding Impacts from CDE - Colorado's Public Charter Schools and COVID - Overview of Possible Special Education Funsing Scenarios - Audio from meeting
Beginning in May 2020, the CSFP collected district budget cut realities from school districts and monitored media reports, as well. Our findings are below:
District Reported Budget Conversations 
Budget Cuts from Media Sources
Trends in district cuts 2020-21
CSFP Presentation to the Public Education and Business Coalition, September 21, 2020
- PowerPoint Presentation in orginal format
- PowerPoint Presentation created for grayscale printed
                                                                                                ELECTIONS PAGE 2020
DRAFT of 2020 School District Elections-  Elections: Bond, BEST, Mill Levy Override (MLO), Operational MLO, and Transportation MLO.  Information posted as of 9/21/2020.
2020 State Ballot Information Booklet (the Blue Book)- Legislative Council of the Colorado General Assembly
The Gallagher Amendment- Legislative Council Staff, July 30, 2020
September 2020 Forecast - presentations to JBC CSFP’s September 2020 VIRTUAL Advisory Meeting:
CSFP Student Count and Funding Charts (2019-20 data):
- Emergent bilingual students (English language learners, according to CDE)
- Gifted and Talented
- Students experiencing homelessness
- Special Education
- Students eligible for free and reduced lunch
2020 Quality Counts Grading of State Spending Per Pupil (pp) on Education- 

For the second year in a row, Colorado received an F on Education Week's Quality Counts spending matrix.
September 2020 What We’re Reading:  
AUGUST 2020
JULY 2020
JUNE 2020
CSFP’s June 2020 VIRTUAL Advisory Meeting:
CSFP Presentation– Upper Rio Grande/Del Norte Board of Education, June 23, 2020
June 2020 Forecast - presentations to JBC:
School Districts' Mill Levies at time of "de-brucing"
2008-2021 Budget Stabilization Factor Graph passed by by HB20-1418)
This chart compares state per-pupil spending to the U.S. average per-pupil spending.
UPDATED: Education Week Per Pupil Spending Comparison
2008-2021 Budget Stabilization Factor Graph (as proposed by HB20-1418)

CSFP School Finance Act PRELIMINARY Modeling- Five percent from COL factor and rest from Budget Stabilization Factor

June What We're Reading:

MAY 2020
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:
Twitter Feed for @cosfp May 2020: District Concerns by Region
Douglas County School Board Presentation- CSFP, 5.26.2020
Federal CARES UPDATE (5/20/2020) Joint Budget Committee Funding Updates
UPDATED: 2008-2021 Budget Stabilization Factor: Looking at Potential Consequences in 2020-21
CSFP's May 2020 VIRTUAL Advisory Meeting: May UPDATED 2020 Forecast - presentations to JBC CSFP'S 2020 Budget Stabilization Informational Toolkit Joint Budget Committee Discussions May 2020
School Finance in Colorado Workbook 2020- Legislative Council Staff

Colorado School Districts Look To Trim Millions, Meaning Less Pay, Possibly Fewer Schools And Fewer Schooldays- Colorado Public Radio, May 6, 2020

-  Initiative 271- Vision 2020 Information  -

Initiative 271 Ballot Language and Initial Fiscal Impact Statement Sign up to attend a Fair Tax Colorado online info session:

Friday, May 8 @ 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 12 @ 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, May 13 @ 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 14 @ 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 19 @ 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20 @ 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 21 @ 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, May 27 @ 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 28 @ 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 29 @ 10:00 a.m.

May What We're Reading:
APRIL 2020

CSFP's April 2020 VIRTUAL Advisory Meeting:

CASB Conversations: Budgeting During a State Fiscal Crisis

A look at the Budget Stabilization Factor:
Colorado Education Grant Dollars 2016-present

Comparison of Colorado Average Per-Pupil Spending and U.S. Average Per-Pupil Spending 2007-2017

****COVID-19 UPDATES and INFORMATION****

April What We're Reading:
MARCH 2020

****COVID-19 UPDATES and INFORMATION****

-  Initiative 271- Vision 2020 Information -  Initiative 271 Ballot Language and Initial Fiscal Impact Statement

Sign up to attend a Fair Tax Colorado online info session:

Press Release: JBC Action Postponed Until April 7 at Earliest- March 20, 2020
March 2020 Forecast - presentations to JBC: March What We're Reading:
FEBRUARY 2020
CSFP’s February 2020 Advisory Meeting:
2020 CASE Winter Leadership Conference Presentations: 
“Nuts and Bolts”– February 05, 2020 
“2020 Ballot”February 06, 2020
School District Uniform Total Program Mill Levy (2020) February What We’re Reading:
JANUARY 2020
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report, using U.S. Census data, indicates Colorado's 4-year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) for 2015-16 is below the U.S. average in all categories.  The CSFP created a chart illustrating the graduation gaps between Colorado and the U.S. average.
Supplemental Budget Requests FY2019-20, Department of Education- January 2020 
JBC staff document - subject to change
Colorado Student Enrollment At-a-Glance 2019-20
Tax Effort and Fiscal Capacity 2019-20 by Assessed Value and type of Mill – includes pie chart and detail by school district Colorado Education Policy Fellowship Program Presentation- University of Colorado at Denver: School of Public Affairs, January 22, 2020 CSFP’s January 2020 Advisory Meeting: January What We're Reading: