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.

Colorado School Finance Project's School Finance and Education Reform Timeline 2019-20 to 1982
Fair Tax Colorado Message- July 31, 2020
Beginning in May 2020, the CSFP collected district budget cut realities from school districts.  
District Reported Budget Conversations
Media captured Budget Conversations
Trends in district cuts 2020-21
Learn about Initiative 271- Fair Tax Colorado Information- Click here
What does Initiative 271 mean for your district? Colorado Association of School Board
Want to know what happened in the 2020 Legislative Session?- Click here
Mill Levy/Local Revenue Resources- Click Here

CSFP’s June 2020 VIRTUAL Advisory Meeting:

Upper Rio Grande/Del Norte Board of Education Presentation- CSFP, June 23, 2020

June/July What We’re Reading:

 Colorado lawmakers made billions in cuts to finish the budget. Now Gov. Polis may need to make even more.-The Colorado Sun, June 18, 2020

  – Colorado school districts fear COVID relief money won’t make up for budget cuts– Chalkbeat, June 5, 2020

  – Students of Color And The Vulnerable Await Fallout Of Colorado Coronvirus-Induced School Budget CutsColorado Public Radion, June 8, 2020

  – Amid school funding cuts, Colorado bill lays foundation for future fiscal reform– Chalkbeat, June 5, 2020

School finance related COVID Articles
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
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


April What We're Reading:
MARCH 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:

Press Release: JBC Action Postponed Until April 7 at Earliest- March 20, 2020
March 2020 Forecast - presentations to JBC: March What We're Reading:
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:
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: